Remember – you don’t have to have broken bones or a black eye to be abused.
If you check more than two below, you may want to get help now before it is too late.
What would you do if you thought your friend was in an abusive relationship?
You might not see dramatic warning signs like black eyes and broken bones, so how can you tell for sure? You probably wouldn’t be worried without good reason.Ending an abusive relationship can be difficult and even dangerous.Your boyfriend/girlfriend may become angry and violent, even if they have not been violent in the past. Whether through words or actions, the abuse is meant to control or hurt another person. Chances are, someone you know has been a victim of dating violence. Abusers often blame the other person for ‘causing' the abuse. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) - 1-800-787-3224 (TTY). Date rape is another form of relationship violence, and you have a right to seek help. They can be: • Attacking with a weapon "Sexual abuse is rape or any other kind of unwanted sexual comment, advance, or contact." "Abuse is never the victim's fault. Talk with a friend, family member or health-care provider. "If you know a victim of dating violence: Believe and support the person. " If you say "No" to sex, and the person you are with forces you to have sex anyway, you have experienced date rape.
But the only person responsible for the abuse is the abuser! No one can force you to have sex against your will, so don't let anyone abuse you in that way. If you or your friend is a victim of rape or date violence, please seek help immediately. After the abuse, the abuser may make excuses or apologize. But abuse usually happens again and gets worse over time. "You can end an unhealthy relationship." "Get help. If you fear you're in danger, call 9-1-1 right away. Resist the temptation to give the person one more chance. "You deserve to have a happy, healthy relationship!People and resources exist to help you escape your situation.For more information, visit the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) at or call the free hotline number, 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673).For further help or to begin the healing process, visit the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center.The excitement of being in a relationship can stop you from seeing the warning signs of abuse.