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Dating violence can happen to anyone . not just adults. In fact, teen dating violence is so prevalent that 1 in 3 teens report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner (Liz Claiborne Inc. and Family Violence Prevention Fund).
Odds are that you or someone you know has been in an abusive relationship. Maybe you're here because you're wondering if your relationship is healthy, or maybe you want to help a friend who is being abused.
First, know that healthy dating partners respect each other and your rights to:
Does your boyfriend/girlfriend respect you and your dating rights? If your dating partner violates even one of those rights, then you may be in an unhealthy, and potentially violent, dating relationship.
Take a look at the Teen Dating Violence Power and Control wheel. If you are experiencing any of these behaviors from your dating partner, then your relationship is unhealthy and abusive.
Now, take a look at a healthy relationship with the Teen Relationship Equality wheel. See any differences? If your dating relationship does not look like this wheel, then keep reading and please consider calling for help. Counselors with The Center for Prevention of Abuse are available 24/7 at (309) 691-0551 or 1-800-559-SAFE(7233) to answer your questions and help you safety plan.