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.
If you think that talking to your parents might be hard, start with your friends or other adults you trust.
Ultimately, what matters is that you personally feel ready and confident to make this decision.
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.
What makes a dating relationship healthy or unhealthy usually applies to marriage as well.Consider why your family doesn’t like your partner or why your partner doesn’t like them.Remember that feeling isolated and no one else liking your partner can be warning signs of an unhealthy or abusive relationship.How do you appear interested without coming off as desperate or needy?How do you get to know someone without being nosy or rude?