Physical or sexual violence may occur without warning.
Sudden changes in attitude or behavior could be a normal part of development, or could indicate an unhealthy relationship.
If you suspect the latter, here are some behaviors to be on the look out for: Warning signs for teens that they may be in an unhealthy relationship. But hitting and shoving aren’t the only forms of abuse; there are many ways in which a relationship can go from healthy to unhealthy. Your friend or the person you are dating: Everyone has the right to feel safe and loved, without emotional anguish or the threat of violence.
One in three women experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Being a victim is nothing to be ashamed of and help is available.
Women Are Safe, Inc., does not discriminate in regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or marital status. The program receives funding from United Way, from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and from the Gannett Foundation through The Tennessean.
Though media attention on this topic tends to focus on young women, dating violence is not gender specific.
For information on dating violence from a young man perspective, please visit the Center for Young Men’s Health website where you can access information, tips and take quizzes to determine the safety of your relationship and evaluate your behavior as a partner.
The following are examples of a person's behavior or personality that may be that warning.
If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, you may be at risk – please call 937-498-7261 to speak with a domestic violence advocate.
Feeling uncomfortable or being afraid in your relationship is the number 1 red flag that your relationship is not healthy.
Estimates are that 1 out of 4 women will experience an abusive relationship and there are often many early, detectible warning signs. Controlling behaviors often are the first indicators – anything they ask or demand you do to change who you are, your appearance or behavior seem like simple, compromise-type relationship concessions but are often veiled warning signs that this relationship may turn abusive.
Physical Abuse: any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon.