People often think that abuse means getting hit, or physical pain. But it comes in so many other ways (verbally, mentally, emotionally, etc). It is important to know the signs of domestic violence, not only because it may happen to you, but a close friend or relative may be experiencing. Although I personally have never experienced relationship abuse (with a boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.), I experienced it with past friends.
It was hard at first because I didn’t want to admit that this person was abusing me and stepping over their boundaries. The word ‘abuse’ felt so intimidating and I didn’t think it was the problem in my case. It took middle school and a little bit of high school to realize this person wasn’t really my friend.
Anyone can be abusive and anyone can be the victim of abuse. It happens regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race or economic background. For more information, visit loveisrespect.com.
-- Skarleth Velasquez