Sometimes, it's hard to know if a relationship is safe or unhealthy, or even abusive. No relationship is perfect. Sometimes, there are clear signs, but in other cases, it's difficult to tell what's normal and what crosses the line to become abusive.
We've put together these images to help you recognize some of the signs of abusive and unhealthy relationships, as well as the characteristics of positive, safe, and healthy relationships.
First, here are some signs that a dating relationship may be unsafe:
And now, here are some characteristics of relationships that are generally safe and healthy:
If you think you may be in an unhealthy dating relationship, talk to a trusted adult. You can also contact Loveisrespect.org, which offers a 24/7 hotline you could call. Learn the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships so that you can recognize them in your own life, and be sure to share them with your friends to help them, too!