Since February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, I believe it’s important to discuss exactly what that means. When we think of violence, we tend to focus on the physical aspects of a relationship and overlook other factors that are considered abusive...
Violence is an all-encompassing term that includes psychological, emotional, and sexual abuse. Abusive individuals manipulate their partners into thinking that their violent behavior is an expression of the depth of his/her love in order to justify their actions.
If you are unsure whether or not you are involved in an abusive relationship, here are some questions to ask yourself:
If you feel like you are in an abusive relationship or would like more information
The National Dating Abuse Hotline is reachable via phone or through their website: Call 1-866-331-9474 (toll-free) or text “loveis” to 22522; visit their website at: loveisrespect.org.
-Brina “BJ” Cash, MA, LPC-I, CART
Cease Addiction Now, Inc.