Relationships exist on a spectrum, from healthy to unhealthy to abusive — and everywhere in between.
Just because there is no physical abuse in your relationship doesn’t mean it’s healthy.
It’s not healthy if your partner: Everybody deserves to be in a healthy relationship free from violence.
Drawing the line between unhealthy and abusive can be hard.
If you think your relationship is going in the wrong direction, check out the warning signs of abuse.
Remember, there are many types of abuse, and abusive behaviors are not “just normal” in a relationship.
Even though teen and 20-something relationships may be different from adult ones, young people do experience the same types of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse that adults do.
You should take violence in your relationship seriously.
If you think are in an abusive relationship, you’re probably feeling confused about what to do.
You may fear what your partner will do if you leave or how your friends and family will react if you tell them.
If you are financially or physically dependent on your partner, leaving may feel impossible.
You may also think that the police and other adults won’t take you seriously.