Worried your friend may be in an abusive relationship?

Most of the time, violence takes place when a couple is alone. You might not see dramatic warning signs like black eyes and broken bones. So, how can you tell for sure?

For one thing, listen to your instincts. You probably wouldn’t be worried without good reason.

Here are some warning signs to look for that may mean your friend is in trouble and needs help:

  • Their boyfriend/girlfriend calls them names or puts them down in front of others.
  • Their boyfriend/girlfriend acts extremely jealous when they talk to friends of the opposite sex, even when it is completely innocent.
  • Your friend often cancels plans at the last minute, for reasons that sound untrue.
  • Your friend frequently apologizes for their boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • You friend’s boyfriend/girlfriend is constantly checking up on them, calling or texting, and demanding to know where they have been.
  • You’ve seen the boyfriend/girlfriend lose their temper, maybe even get violent when they’re mad.
  • Your friend is always worried about upsetting their boyfriend/girlfriend.
  • Your friend is giving up things that used to be important to them, such as spending time with friends or other activities, and is becoming more and more isolated.
  • Your friend’s weight, appearance or grades have changed dramatically.
  • Your friend has injuries they can’t explain, or the explanations they give don’t add up.

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