Domestic and dating abuse
In fact, abusive relationships often start as emotionally or verbally abusive and can quickly escalate into physical or sexual violence.You do not deserve to feel disrespected or unsafe in your relationships.
You can call or visit Catalyst for more information, and for help with the process.
In reality, teens and young adults are at the highest risk for experiencing abuse in their relationships.
Studies show that 1/3 of teen relationships are abusive, and that women between the ages 16-24 are at the highest risk for experiencing abuse in an intimate relationship.
However, the provisions have yet to be put in place.
"For years we highlighted the gap in law that meant that young women who never lived with their boyfriends could not avail of safety orders because of the cohabitation rule," she said. "However, despite being passed by the Oireachtas and signed into Law by President Michael D Higgins in May this year, the provisions have yet to be commenced.
By educating yourself about healthy relationships and warning signs of teen dating abuse, you can provide potentially life-saving support to a teenager in need.