when something seems off
Supporting friends is a huge responsibility. If you notice warning signs that a friend is being abused or in an unhealthy relationship, it’s important to speak up and let them know they don't deserve to be hurt. If we do nothing, the abuse may escalate.
Some warning signs of abuse
Lower self-esteem / depressed
Drastic change in appearance or behavior
Stops hanging out with friends or family
Blames self for the abuse
Change in social media presence
Attached to phone when not around partner; afraid to miss a call / text
Sensitive to touch
Heavy makeup / long clothing (to cover up or disguise abuse)
Makes excuses for dating partner
Slacking in responsibility (at school, job, etc.)
Cut off from certain people because of dating partner
Isolation is one of the biggest warning signs of abuse. It can include controlling what clubs or activities a dating partner joins, being forced to check-in constantly, or being made to feel guilty for spending time with friends or family. If you suspect a friend has become isolated, show them that you still care!
Lower Self Esteem
If you notice a drastic change in your friend’s appearance, personality, mood, or behavior, check-in with them! They may be experiencing verbal or emotional abuse, which can lower self-esteem or cause a person to blame themselves for the abuse.