Dating Violence: What You Need to Know

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Dating is a fun part of any relationship. Two people meet and find that they have a lot in common so they decide to spend more time together. But sometimes this fun stage can turn rough when a partner in the relationship threatens or decides to harm the other one.

Unhealthy relationships can start any time in life and they usually last for too long. The victim is always under the impression that they are the reason behind the violent actions of their partner.

Teens and Adults are Subject to Dating Violence:
A lot of teens fall victims to abusive relationships where their partner starts to harm them physically, sexually, verbally or emotionally. Almost one-third of dating high-school teenagers are stuck in abusive relationships where their partners are always hurting them. They might not be aware of the toxic consequences these actions can have on their lives.

But adults are also subject to several kinds of abuse. About 20% of dating adults report being abused by their partners. The fear of being alone or the fact that they are depending on their partner for financial or emotional support makes them vulnerable.

What are the Signs of Violence Dating?
All couples have problems. But it is how they approach and deal with their problems that matter. If you and your partner argue from time to time, this is actually a healthy sign because it means that you are able to talk to each other about your feelings. With time, you will be able to maintain better and more positive communication and you will understand each other even better.

But if things are always steamy, then you have a problem. You should not be scared of or intimidated by your partner. You should feel safe around them. Here are some signs that tell you that you are a victim of violence dating:

  • If your partner is depriving you of your privacy, then you are probably a victim of emotional abuse. Your partner would usually belittle you in front of others and accuse you of being unfaithful.
  • If your partner doesn’t take you seriously and makes all the decisions, then they are abusing you. You should contribute to the relationship as much as they do.
  • If your partner forces you to have sex or insists that you have unprotected sex then they are hurting you. Sex should be agreed upon and they shouldn’t force you to do things that you don’t feel comfortable with.
  • If your partner has a problem with drinking or drugs and forces you to take them too, then you are a victim of an abusive relationship. They are most likely going to get aggressive and violent if you refuse.

You have to understand that you should end this relationship, the sooner the better. Even if you have known the person for years, you need to know that your partner will not change, unless they seek professional help.

You can always ask for help and support. Let your friends and family know that you are in trouble. They will be there when you need them.