We’ve all seen a couple arguing at a party. Maybe he doesn’t like what she’s wearing, or who she’s been hanging out with. Does this sound OK to you? Well, take another look – it could be abuse.
Abuse is not always obvious. It doesn’t always involve being hit, or physical force. It can include saying threatening things, or putting people down. Either way, abuse is not normal, and it is never OK. It can also happen to anyone, including boys and people in same-sex relationships.
If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. But if your relationship makes you feel scared, intimidated or controlled, you could be in an abusive relationship.
Maybe your partner always checks up on what you’re doing and who you’re with. They might say that they’re doing it because they love you or are jealous of you spending time with other people. But this could be abuse – and there is no excuse.
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