February 20, 2016
In honor of San Valentine's Day, I want to talk about Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships.
What is Teen Dating Violence?
"Teen Dating Violence (also known as relationship abuse, dating abuse, domestic violence, domestic abuse, etc.) is any form of abuse that occurs in a dating/romantic relationship involving a teenager. " by RebeccaEmily in this post.
If you want to learn and understand more about what Teen Dating Violence is, I invite you to check out the post linked above.
How can one identify an unhealthy or abusive relationship?
An unhealthy relationship might include:
-Making you feel isolated
-Attempting to control what you wear
-Grabs, pushes, shoves, or hits you
-"Checks in" on you frequently, expect you to ask permission before doing things, gets \ violent when you don't respond quickly.
-Pressures you for sex or is forceful/scary about sex.
-Makes you feel like you need to apologize to yourself or others for his or her behavior when he or she treats you badly.
-Tells you they cannot live without you.
You can find more warning signs here.
How to establish a healthy relationship and set boundaries?
-Be aware of your needs, desires and feelings.
-Be open and communicate to your partner how you feel, your wants, your “wills and won’ts.”
-Be willing to compromise but also know it’s alright to stand your ground with what you don't feel comfortable with.
Learn more here.
Question for you, reader: What helps you establish healthy boundaries in your relationships?
~Check back in a few days for part 2 and see how the community responded to this question.~
Written by: Iara