But, when these changes happen suddenly, or without an explanation, there may be cause for concern.
If you suspect a friend is in a violent relationship, you might try to find out for sure by saying something like, "You don't seem as happy as usual," or asking in general terms, "Is there anything you want to talk about?
If you’re concerned about some of these things happening in your relationship, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Research indicates that in 1 in 5 college students experience dating violence.*The Red Flag Campaign uses a bystander intervention strategy to address and prevent sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses.
" This non-confrontational and indirect approach may prompt your friend to reveal what's wrong.
Listen without judging, condemning, or giving unwanted advice.
Do not try to "rescue" your friend or be a hero and try to handle the situation on your own.
Sharing some similarities to the 10 Red Flags of Domestic Violence, the 10 Red Flags of Dating Violence is a distinct group of signs that indicate abuse within a relationship.These regularly overlooked displays of violence can be subtle or worsen over time.For this reason, it's critical to raise awareness of these abusive behaviors that typically impact teens and young adults.With education, Waypoint can help the community easily identify these signs and help prevent future acts of domestic violence.If you belong to a school or organization that would benefit from this information, consider inviting Waypoint to speak or distribute materials.Domestic violence encompasses a spectrum of behaviors that abusers use to control victims.