As a result, you may start to blame yourself for your partner’s abusive behavior. In fact, your partner may just be trying to control or manipulate you into staying in the relationship.

Talk to someone you trust, like a parent, friend or teacher, about the situation and make a safety plan.

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How you handle this depends on what kind of relationship you have with your family, whether you still live with them, and how safe you feel with them.

You might respectfully let them know that while you appreciate their feelings, you don’t agree with them.

Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.

Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case!

Sometimes verbal abuse is so bad that you actually start believing what your partner says.

You begin to think you’re stupid, ugly or worthless.

Experiencing even one or two of these warning signs in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present.

Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind. More than one in 10 high school students have already experienced some form of physical aggression from a dating partner, and many of these teens did not know what to do when it happened.

If you already have a relatively healthy relationship with your family members (in other words, you feel safe talking to them and aren’t worried about them becoming verbally or physically abusive), it could help to find out what their specific objections are to your partner/relationship. Do they not like the way your partner talks to you?