What is an abusive relationship?
An abusive relationship is a relationship where a partner or partners are abused. It is important to know what an abusive relationship looks like, so that if your relationship is abusive you can stay safe and be treated with respect.
Abuse can be emotional, physical, or sexual:
If you know someone who is being abused help them seek help and gain self confidence and courage to end the relationship. The person who is being abusive needs to receive professional help to fix their problems.
If you think you are in an abusive relationship discuss it with a trusted adult, counselor, or therapist and decide how you will deal with the issue. If you are being physically or sexually abused get medical attention or call the police. If your relationship is not an abusive one, but you still feel uncomfortable you shouldn't tolerate it and either resolve your issues with your partner or end the relationship.
A great resource to learn more about abusive relationships is this article by TeenFX. This article explains how to handle an abusive relationship if you are a part of one or your friend is being abused. The article also explains signs of an abusive relationship. If you are still have any doubts or questions about abusive relationships TeenFX also has a Q&A and professionals you can speak to.
Knowing what an abusive relationship looks like and how to handle abuse is relevant to sexual health because then you can avoid relationships that force you into experiences you are uncomfortable with(sexual or otherwise) and be treated with respect. With the knowledge from this post you can also help people you know to understand whether they are being abused and protect them. This post can: help people recognize abuse in abusive relationships whether themselves or their friends are being abused, end those relationships, and get help.
Author: Sophia (Grade 8)
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