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Abusive relationships

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mary kepford

on 4 May 2010

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sdfjhasdkjt Abusive relationships All relationships can be tough whether their healthy or unhealthy. The important thing is being able to
tell the difference. Things to know:
*No relationship starts off violent.
*In the beginning most abusers come on strong seeming to be the "perfect boyfriend" later turning obsessive.
*Physical abuse is the last tactic used to gain control.
*Like the abuser, the relationship is not ALWAYS bad.
Victims may stay in abusive relationship because they...
...feel responsible
...think that jealousy and possessiveness is a sign of love
...may not realize they are being abused
...are inexperienced with dating relationships
...feel pressured to be in a relationship
...have a lowered self-esteem
...don’t want to think the person they love is hurting them
...may believe the abuse is their fault
...hope that their partner will stop being abusive
...believe they are in love
...are not ready to leave their partner
...feel guilt or embarrassed
...have no one to confide in
Abusers may abuse their partners because they...
...feel like they have the right to control their partner
...feel like they may lose respect if they don’t have control
...believe that aggression solves problems
...think they have processional rights over their partner
...are peer pressured to act violently
...may have learned it at home
...are influenced by violence in the media, society, and peers
...have an aggressive personality
...feel the need to be in control
...may not feel they are being controlling The first major sign of a potentially controlling/abusive relationship is when your partner is asking you to change your persnoality, your dress, and "who you are".

Abusers often use the excuses, "If you love me you would..." or "You have to make sacrifices for a relationship," or "It would really make me happy if you would/wouldn’t..."

Are you in an abusive relationship?
Does your partner...

...Have a short temper?
...Act very jealous or posessive?
...Exaggerate fights?
...Tell or suggest what you should wear?
...Try to limit who you talk to?
...Make you tell him/her where you are going and who you are with?
...Tell you when you have to be home?
...Text or IM you excessively?
...Blame you for the hurtful things you say and do?
...Put you down?
...Take up most of your time?
...Hurt you physically or throw things at you?
...Get angry when you disagree with them?
...Pressure you to engage in sexual activity that you feel uncomfortable with?
...Make you feel like you can't say no to sexual activity?
...Embarrass you in front of others? Abusive relationships are most popular in teenager because:
...they are inexperienced with dating relationships.
...they are pressured by peers to act violently.
...they want independence from parents.
...they have "romantic" views of love
...they have limited examples of healthy relationsips Statistics:
*If trapped in an abusive relationship, 73% of teens said they would turn to a friend for help; but only 33% who have been in or known about an abusive relationship said they have told anyone about it.
*More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship (26%) report enduring repeated verbal abuse.
*Of the women between the ages 15-19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by their husband or boyfriend.
* Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser.
*It is estimated that 503,485 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year in the United States
*Women who leave their batterers are at 75% greater risk of severe injury or death than those who stay.

There is hope! Men can be victims too!
*8% of teen violence occurs to the man from his partner
Being A victim doesn't make him a wimp
Many male victims stay with their partners because:

Domestic abuse is not so much about a "loss of control" as it is about total control!
Nobody deserves to be abused! *T.E.A.R (Teens Experiencing Abusive Relationships)
*County Crisis Centers
*National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
*Teenagers with Dating Violence Hotline
*Break the Cycle (help men who are/may become violent break the cycle)
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