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Teenagers and young adults all too often do not know the signs of an unhealthy relationship or normalize behaviors that do actually qualify as abuse or as unhealthy. There is social pressure to fit in, and many relationships often play out in public. Others often know intimate details about their classmates’ relationships either from day to day gossip, social media, text messaging or email chains. As a friend or family member of someone who may be in an unhealthy relationship, knowing unhealthy behaviors is the first step in helping others. The warning signs to look out for are unique for the teenage population:
Are any of the warning signs in the list above familiar? You, a friend or a loved one may be in an abusive relationship. Don’t be afraid to seek help. RESPOND can be a resource. Whether you are interested in support for yourself or for a friend, call the RESPOND support line and speak with a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor (Monday-Friday, 8 am to 8 pm) at 617-623-5900.
Please see Respond Inc's Teen Dating Violence Parent Guide