Warning Signs


Use these warning signs of abuse to evaluate your relationship

Does your significant other,

    • Check your cell phone, email, or social network accounts without your permission
    • Constantly putting you down
    • Become extreme jealous or insecurity
    • Demonstrate explosive temper
    • Isolate you from your social support groups
    • Make false accusations
    • Exhibit erratic mood swings
    • Physically hurting you
    • Exhibits possessiveness
    • Control your diet
    • Force you to engage in sexual acts
    • Tell you what to do
    • Isolate you from your family or friends
    • Blames you for all arguments and fights.
    • Make threats to hurt themselves, you or someone else if you end the relationship
    • Tell you that people think negatively of you

Use these warning signs of abuse to identify whether a friend is in a dating violence relationship.

Does your friend,

  • Become more isolated from family and friends
  • Does not participate in or enjoy doing activities that he/she used to
  • Spent excessive amounts of time in contact with his/her partner
  • Been afraid to displease their partner
  • Lost weight, changed the way they act or dress
  • Been physically injured by their partner
  • Become more aggravated and/or less independent
  • Been getting nervous when they are running late
  • Cancel plans or seem nervous to participate in certain activities
  • Been called names, embarrassed, ridiculed, or insulted by their partner in front of you or other people
  • Apologized or made excuses for the actions or behaviors of his or her partner
  • Always worried about upsetting their partner

Does your friend’s partner,

    • Call you names or put you down in front of others
    • Act extremely jealous when you talk to friends of the opposite sex, even when it is completely innocent
    • Constantly check up on you by texting, calling, facebooking, or IMing, and demand to know where you are and where you have been
    • Lose his/her temper, maybe even get violent when they’re mad

Does your student,

  • Become extremely angry, sad, lonely, depressed, or confused
  • Seem anxious, withdrawn, and unsocial
  • Have a history of violent victimization
  • Demonstrate aggression in an unhealthy manner
  • Act overly defensive and protective of their significant other
  • Have a history of damaging someone’s property
  • Receive unwanted gifts and messages during a class period
  • Make strong efforts to avoid a specific person, without an obvious reason
  • Avoid changing clothes in front of others or participate in physical activities

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