Help for dating abuse

Instead, let them know that you want to help and can connect them to resources when they are ready.

Check out this graphic for great examples of supportive things to say during the conversation.

by Bri & Nicole, loveisrespect advocates Here at loveisrespect, we often talk with people who are experiencing abuse in their relationship, and they want to determine why their partner is being abusive towards them.

Sometimes this search for “why” leads them to believing that their partner is abusive because they experienced child abuse or went through some other form of trauma in their past.

Dating abuse (also known as dating violence, intimate partner violence, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

That’s why it’s important to educate your friends and community about dating abuse and how to have a healthy relationship.

Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education.

3) Keep Your Communication Door Open – Your friend needs you to listen and be supportive.

What you see or hear may make you frustrated and upset. If you give your friend an ultimatum like “if you don’t leave, I won’t talk to you again” that closes the door of communication.

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