Abuse within teenage relationships is much more common than people might think. In fact, recent surveys suggest that approximately 40% of young people are already experiencing abuse in relationships during their teenage years (Domestic Violence London, 2014). What’s more, one in three teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend (Love is Not Abuse, 2007). As a young person it is therefore important that you’re aware of the early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship before it becomes too late.
Can you recognise any of these features in your or a friends’ partner?