Those who are being emotionally or verbally abused are often made to feel that their perception of reality is incorrect and that their feelings are wrong and unimportant.
Back to top Physical abuse occurs when someone physically hurts you, such as by hitting you or throwing something at you.
Emotional abuse is commonly present alongside the physical abuse or sexual abuse that takes place.
Sexual violence in dating relationships is also a major concern.
Even if someone only hits you once or doesn't hurt you that badly, it is a big deal.
Abuse tends to escalate, putting you at greater risk in the future.
The Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence describes abusers as being obsessively jealous and possessive, overly confident, having mood swings or a history of violence or temper, seeking to isolate their partner from family, friends and colleagues, and having a tendency to blame external stressors.
The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness describes dating abuse as a "pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner." Individuals of all walks of life can find themselves in an abusive relationship.Dating violence is violence that occurs within a dating relationship rather than, say, marriage; and dating violence is as much a problem for teenagers as it is for adults.In fact, statistics show that one-in-three teenagers have experienced teenage domestic violence in a dating relationship.Sexual abuse is when someone forces you into unwanted sexual activity, especially through threats or coercion.In a healthy sexual relationship, you shouldn't feel threatened, pressured, or uncomfortable with your partner.Experiencing even one or two of these warning signs in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present.