Healthy relationships involve respect, trust, and consideration for the other person. Instead, they involve mistreatment, disrespect, intense jealousy, controlling behavior, or physical violence. Physical abuse means any form of violence, such as hitting, punching, pulling hair, and kicking.Abuse can happen in both dating relationships and friendships. Sometimes people mistake intense jealousy and possessiveness as a sign of intense feelings of love. Threats, intimidation, putdowns, controlling behavior, and betrayal are all harmful forms of emotional abuse that can really hurt — not just during the time it's happening, but long after too. It's never right to be forced into any type of sexual experience that you don't want.
If you are under 18, your partner could get arrested for having sex with you, even if you agreed to have sex. See a doctor or nurse to take care of any physical problems. Friends, family, and mental health professionals all can help. If you are thinking about ending an abusive dating relationship, keep some tips in mind: If you are ending a long-term or live-in dating relationship, you may want to read our section on domestic and intimate partner violence.
In addition to the signs listed above, here are some signs a friend might be being abused by a partner: A person who is being abused needs someone to hear and believe him or her.
Maybe your friend is afraid to tell a parent because that will bring pressure to end the relationship.
Learn more about leaving an abusive dating relationship.
If you haven't dated much, it can be hard to know when a relationship is unhealthy.