Maybe you and your friends call it “dating,” “going out,” “hooking up,” or “seeing each other”?
Regardless of how you describe it, Catalyst can give you tools and support to help you recognize what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, because everyone deserves to be treated with equality and respect.
Worried you might be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship?
Parents and teenagers tell their personal stories about confronting unhealthy dating relationships. Parent 1 – Anonymous Helpless, scared and desperate: these are the emotions I experienced while our family dealt with the devastating effects of dating violence.
As I tried to digest this news, I began to think about the concerning behaviors that I had recently noticed.
Before she began dating her boyfriend, she was a straight A student and captain of the cheerleading squad. However, when she began dating her new boyfriend, she started to withdraw from friends and had extreme mood swings.
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship. You can call our confidential 24-hour Hotline at 1.800.895.8476.
According to a 2009 study from MTV and The Associated Press, 50 percent of 14 - 24 year-olds have been the target of some form of digital abuse.In fact, abusive relationships often start as emotionally or verbally abusive and can quickly escalate into physical or sexual violence.You do not deserve to feel disrespected or unsafe in your relationships.One person should not control everything that is done within the relationship.– The two people each have a life outside of the relationship that includes school, friends, and hobbies.
Unhealthy relationships can take a psychological toll on teenagers, making them feel unimportant or isolated or causing them to display behavioral, social, emotional, or cognitive problems. Researchers have confirmed that peer pressure and the behavior of friends are critical influences on teens’ decisions related to dating violence.