We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!No matter how you define dating, it’s important to remember that abuse can occur within all kinds of intimate relationships.
Holding grudges for a long time can result in building up anger, distress, doubt and a lot of other negative feelings that can make you unhappy and stressed.
To maintain a healthy relationship, you need to be able to forgive your partner for their past mistakes. Try to remember: being with a person you cannot forgive is not going to do either of you any good.
Abuse can affect all types of relationships, not just long-term or committed relationships. Dating abuse and relationship issues can be hard topics to discuss, but in our experience, getting support can be really helpful. Here at loveisrespect, we have trained peer advocates who are friendly, non-judgmental and available 24/7.
Even if your relationship is casual or you’ve only hooked up once, you can still experience abuse. You can chat with one of our advocates at any time of the day just by clicking the chat button, text us by sending “loveis” (capitalization does not matter) to 22522 or call us at 1-866-331-9474. So feel free to contact us anytime and know that we’ll keep our conversations completely confidential.
If something makes you uncomfortable, scared or threatened, you could be experiencing the warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Pregnant and parenting teens are at a higher risk of experiencing physical abuse.
When you fall in love with someone, you can’t really predict the direction of the relationship. Or at times, it could be the worst thing you would have to endure.Keep these questions in mind: Hooking up is a broad term, but generally it refers to casual encounters between people who can be friends but don’t have to be.They may or may not be your only partner and can include sex.At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.At loveisrespect, we focus on dating relationships, but the information on this website is helpful for all kinds of relationships!