Warning signs of teen dating violence

DASH’s early warning signs are meant to guide you in determining whether your relationship is healthy.

In this series of articles, we will explore each warning sign in more depth so that you will have a better idea about what each sign means and if you need to address a problem in your relationship.

He only wants us to be able to do more things together.

She loves me so much that she can’t bear to be apart. If he/she is with you all the time, he/she can keep tabs on you and control what you do.

Any time your partner chooses to insult you, your appearance, your intelligence, your choices or opinions it’s emotional abuse.

Yes, your partner can have his/her own opinions, but when they question your ideas to the point of insult or humiliation, it becomes emotional abuse.

It doesn’t matter if the verbal abuse takes place in front of others or not.

She may be able to give you guidance about your style or he may really like to see you in a certain color.

He/she may challenge your ideas or actions telling you that the way you do things is “wrong”.

Debating which is the better song or team or idea is something every one does, but if your partner insists that you think like he/she does your personal opinions are being limited . When he/she confronts you, you feel that you can diffuse the situation by agreeing to do what he/she wants.

If that person is your boyfriend or girlfriend it becomes a whole different story.

As in the first warning sign calling names is about control and humiliation.

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