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In healthy relationships, individuals share responsibility and decision-making tasks and reflect respect for both people in the relationship. Sometimes unhealthy or abusive relationships can be hard to identify. In general, abusive relationships have a serious power imbalance, with one person controlling or attempting to control most aspects of their partner’s life.


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Statistics and Facts:

  • 1 in 10 teens are affected by dating violence.
  • 1/3 of young adults between the ages of 16-24 have reported being involved in at least one abusive dating situation.
  • 95% of all people who are the victims in an abusive relationship are women.
  • Date rape accounts for 60% of all rapes.
  • More than 70% of pregnant teens and young mothers are in abusive relationships.
  • Dating violence increases in severity the longer the relationship continues.
  • There is increased danger for the victim when trying to terminate the relationship without intervention and assistance from professionals.
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How do you know if you are in a healthy or abusive relationship? The following document can provide you with information on the Early Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship.

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