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HOW TO TELL IF YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

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 At first, your new boyfriend is very attentive and charming. He wants to be with you and he loves everything about you. You want to be with him too and he seems too good to be true.

Things begin to change

You notice that he is moody and starts to criticize about how you dress. He doesn't like other guys looking at you. Or, he snaps angrily at you when you are talking but then quickly apologizes. His comments really hurt your feelings. Pretty soon he doesn't want to be with anybody else and insists that you be together every night.

Abusive Relationships Aren't Always Violent

An abusive relationship doesn't always mean that someone is physically hurting you, it is usually about control. Controlling your appearance, your time, and the choices you make in your life.

Danger signs that you are in an abusive relationship:

1.Your partner seems jealous or possessive of you and your time.

2.They like to control you- telling you what to do how to dress or perhaps even telling you that you need to get an abortion.

3.They demand to see your text or e-mail messages and to control your social media.

4.They put you down. You feel like nothing you do is ever right.

5.They hurt or threaten you, or become violent when you argue.

6.They keep you from seeing your friends or family.

7.You feel like you always have to be very careful or they will get mad.

8.They threaten to commit suicide or hurt themselves because of you.

Talk to Others and Escape

If you feel like you are in this type of relationship you need to get out! Talk to someone you trust: a parent, friend, relative, or even a school counselor or teacher. This may not be easy for you, but the earlier you do it the better. Abusers rarely change, and you will get hurt.

If you need someone to talk to call or text us at 509-765-4425.

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