Some of the movies we watch are filled with violence, and at the end of the day it’s just a movie. Unfortunately, relationship violence among young adults is as real as ever, and it’s important that you prevent yourself from ending up in a life-threatening situation.
Break the Cycle, a leading, national non-profit organization that seeks to end teen dating violence and abuse, reports that women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of abuse. Additionally, nearly one-third of college students have reported physically assaulting a dating partner in the past 10 months.
However, the numbers don’t even address the biggest problem: silence. Experts say that teen dating violence is often kept under wraps because teens are usually inexperienced with dating and are pressured by their peers to act violently.
In order to keep yourself safe, whether you are pursuing a new relationship or rekindling an old one, you should watch out for signs. Remember violence isn’t only physical—emotional, sexual and digital abuse can be just as damaging. Although there are several signs of abuse, here a few common ones that should wave the red flag right away.
- Checking your cell phone or email without permission
- Insecurity, leading to extreme jealousy and intervention
- Any form of physical abuse
- Mood swings
- Telling you what to do
- Constant put-downs
- Financial control
- Explosive temper
- Isolating you from your family or friends
Having a good group of friends who support you will always help if you find yourself with an abusive partner. Don’t be afraid to speak up because if you decide to wait too long, it may be too late.