10 Signs of Abusive Relationships

05-07-2015 10:14 AM

Did you know women between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest per capita rate of intimate violence? It’s nearly 20 percent per 1,000 women.

May is a busy month for these young women. They will attend proms, banquets, dances and graduations. And one in five will be abused. Let’s help.

Please share this with the young women you love.

Does the person I’m with?

  • Treat me fairly and respect my beliefs, body and ideas?
  • Respect my space?
  • View me and treat me as an equal?
  • Make me feel safe?
  • Get along with my friends and family and treat them with respect?
  • Allow me to make my own decisions?
  • Threaten to hurt me?
  • Make me feel bad about myself?
  • Threaten to hurt himself if we ever break up?
  • Get extremely jealous or possessive?

Get more information about Healthy Relationships and talk to someone you trust. You can also text “loveis” to 22522 for help 24/7. Thank you to Mary Kay Inc. for sponsoring this text service for young people.

Stacy Graves loves being contributing editor of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ blog. You can connect with her at stacy.graves@me.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest.