You begin to think you’re stupid, ugly or worthless.
You agree that nobody else would ever want to be in a relationship with you.
Remember, each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience abuse of any kind. More than one in 10 high school students have already experienced some form of physical aggression from a dating partner, and many of these teens did not know what to do when it happened.
If you recognize any of these warning signs in your own relationship, you can always call, chat or text with a loveisrespect peer advocate. If you are in a similar situation: Unhealthy or abusive relationships usually get worse.
Learn more about how to recognize emotional abuse by checking out our Power and Control Wheel.
Sometimes verbal abuse is so bad that you actually start believing what your partner says.
Verbal abuse may not cause physical damage, but it does cause emotional pain and scarring.
You may be scared, angry and confused, but remember the abuse was in no way your fault. You can: If your partner does any of these things, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship.
Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case!
Abuse comes in many forms — it’s not just physical.
If you’re being stalked, you may be feeling stressed, vulnerable or anxious.
You may also have trouble sleeping or concentrating at work or school. Every year in the United States, 3.4 million people are stalked and youth between the ages of 18-24 experience the highest rates.