In a relationship, it can be hard to tell what is healthy or unhealthy behavior depending on the situation. Sometimes people don’t realize a behavior is unhealthy or harmful. Maybe they think their dating partner is doing this to help them. But harmful behavior doesn’t help a relationship or a dating partner. Harmful dating behaviors often indicate abuse or could be red flags to future abuse.
The lists below can help you figure if you’re experiencing harm in a dating relationship. Remember that these lists don’t include all possible harm!
If you’re experiencing harm in your relationship, you should think about your relationship, what you what from it, and what you’re getting. You can call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 and visit our Resources page to find more help in your area. Remember that no one deserves to be abused.