If you think you’re being abusive…

Are you concerned that you may be abusing your girlfriend or boyfriend? Have friends or family ever told you they thought you were abusive or controlling? Abuse is not part of a normal relationship, even if it doesn’t happen every day. Ask yourself these questions.

Do you ever:

  • Call your girlfriend/boyfriend names?
  • Text or call them excessively and get upset when they don’t respond?
  • Monitor their email or profile on a social networking site?
  • Feel you have a right or need to know where they are most of the time?
  • Get jealous or angry when they spend time with friends or family?
  • Ask them to change their clothes or style of dress?
  • Get in their face during a disagreement?
  • Push, slap, or punch them for any reason?Restrain them to keep them from leaving during an argument?
  • Guilt or force them into having sex?
  • Threaten to hurt them or yourself if your relationship ever ends?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be creating an abusive relationship. Check out the tips below:

  • Know that there are people and organizations that are equipped to help you.
  • If you truly care for someone, you will not allow him or her to be abused, by you or anyone else.
  • Talk to someone you trust, like a close friend, family member, or someone you respect, like a teacher or counselor at school. Ask his/her honest opinion about your behavior.

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