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Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
You may think that behaviors like calling you names or insisting on seeing you all the time are a "normal" part of relationships.
But they can lead to more serious kinds of abuse, like hitting, stalking, or preventing you from using birth control.
It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.
It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Dating violence can cause serious harm to your body and your emotions. Return to top In the United States, teens and young women experience the highest rates of relationship violence.
BE SUPPORTIVE: Support her feelings as well as her choice to share them with you and acknowledge that it may have been difficult to do so.
REPEAT THAT VIOLENCE, ABUSE OR ASSAULT ARE NOT HER FAULT: It is common for survivors to feel they have done something wrong.
They can also seek confidential counsel and advice from professionally trained adults and peers.