Early warning signs of dating abuse
Often there are warning signs present early on in a relationship that can alert you to the fact that the relationship could become abusive.
The signs are usually there but often people mistake or confuse them believing they are just romantic or they are concerned about you.
In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.
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WARNING SIGNS OF ABUSE How do I know if one of my students is experiencing violence in a relationship?
A victim often has known or dated the abuser for a brief period of time before getting engaged or living together.If you are in Midcoast Maine in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties, New Hope for Women is here to help by calling our toll-free number at 1-800-522-3304, visiting our ‘Contact’ page, or stopping by any of our Midcoast offices.If you are not from the Midcoast Maine area, here are some resources that may be of help to you: the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence at 1-866-83-4HELP or via the web at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 or via the web at Women Are Safe, Inc., does not discriminate in regard to sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or marital status. The program receives funding from United Way, from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and from the Gannett Foundation through The Tennessean.
This program is partially funded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice Programs.You may not have had too many relationships to compare this one to so the only thing you can rely on are your own feelings and learning to recognise warning signs to protect yourself from violence or abuse in the future.