Here are some “red flags” to look for if you suspect a friend is involved in an abusive relationship.
He makes derogatory remarks, or undermines her opinion.
She has inexplicable bruises, or marks. She may wear long sleeves/high neck clothing in warm weather.
He is known to have a bad temper, and gets irrationally angry.
He constantly checks on her whereabouts, calling or texting her persistently.He checks her car mileage.
He checks her text messages, voicemails, phone history.
He is extremely jealous.
He is threatened by her friendships.
He criticizes her clothing.
He perceives her behavior as being ‘flirty’ with other males.
She withdraws from activities she usually enjoys.
If you recognize the signs of dating abuse you can help a friend. For confidential help, please call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474. This Helpline is for everyone, including concerned friends or family members.