What is teenage relationship abuse?
Teenage relationship abuse is an incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between intimate partners. Anyone can be abused, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity or sexuality.
Relationship abuse is not just about physical violence: it is about one person seeking power and control over another person. Abusers use psychological, physical sexual, and financial abuse, isolation and coercive control to do this. Whatever form it takes, relationship abuse is rarely a one-off incident and it can get worse over time.
It is normal for people in relationships to fall out sometimes. However, if your partner regularly hurts you either physically or emotionally, this is not ok, and you do not deserve it.