If you are worried that you may be in an abusive relationship, including one with a family member, you need to pay attention to your feelings and reach out for help. Abusive relationships are sometimes labeled as domestic violence.
Domestic violence includes all types of family, relationship and intimate abuse. It is more than just physical abuse; it can also involve verbal abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and controlling someone’s money and what they do.
- If your "boyfriend" or some other adult is receiving money or other things of value in exchange for you having sex with other people, this is a type of abuse. If you are too alone or too ashamed to seek help, there are organizations that specialize in working with young people stuck in the same situation. They will understand what you are going through and be able to help you.
- There are lots of reasons why breaking free may be hard, may not be what you want, or may put you in even more danger, but it will be better for both you and your child if you are in a safe and healthy relationship. Whether you decide to stay or end your relationship you need to get help before you...