Abuse can involve both people being violent or abusive toward each other, or can involve only one person doing this to the other.
Other times, people have trouble controlling their anger.
No matter what their past experiences have been or what they have gone through, it’s never OK to abuse another person.
You do activities together such as going to movies, or hanging out with other friends, and you talk to one another about your feelings (instead of texting each other all the time).
These relationships can last a few weeks, a few months, or even many years.
Unhealthy relationships can be risky because someone can get hurt emotionally or physically.
In healthy relationships, you and your friend or the person you’re dating feel good about yourselves and about each other.
For example, a person who has grown up in a violent family may have learned that hitting or trying to control someone by telling them what to do was the way to solve a problem (which it is not! They may be violent because they want to control the relationship, or because they feel bad about themselves and think they will feel better if they make someone else feel worse.
Others may be pressured by their friends to prove how “strong” they are.
Tell your friend or partner that you like spending time with him or her, but that you also have friends and family that mean a lot to you that you also want to keep in touch with and hang out with.