But jealous behaviors can start you on the path to physical types of abuse, Ulloa says.And, according to the CDC, people who think it’s alright for their friends to engage in dating violence are much more likely to get involved in it themselves.
They are often afraid of retaliation from their partner for telling.
They may have little or no experience with healthy dating relationships and confuse jealousy with love.
They may be embarrassed or ashamed, and may blame themselves. Tell them that you are concerned for their safety and well-being and that you are there for them.
They may be afraid their parents will make them break up, convinced that it is their fault or that their parents will blame them or be disappointed in them, and afraid of losing privileges. Ask them what they would like to have happen..can you help them be safe. Educate yourself—access online resources, read, call Caring Unlimited for information and/or support for yourself!
Recent research shows that young male athletes may notice abusive behaviors less over the course of a sports season, and feel less inclined to speak up when they see abusive behaviors, Miller says.