Being in a violent relationship is dangerous, and you don’t have to go through it alone.Whether you feel like your partner is already using their cell phone in an abusive way or you’re trying to prevent it, here are tips to keep you safe and healthy: If you are feeling threatened or suffocated by your partner’s constant calls or texts, it may be a sign that you are in an unhealthy and potentially abusive relationship.When your partner says or does things that make you afraid, lowers your self-esteem or manipulates you, it is called verbal or emotional abuse.You have the right to be in a safe and healthy relationship free from all types of abuse.Does your partner ask for sexually explicit pictures of you? You have the right to choose whether or not you want to engage in any kind of sexual activity, and that includes sexting with your partner.
Researchers and educators eager to stop violent patterns early — and reduce abuse not only among teens but among the adults they will become — already are testing programs that teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships.
But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear.
One big question: Are boys and girls really equally at risk to become victims or abusers?
Threats over text should be taken seriously — try not to write them off as angry venting.
Keep track of threatening texts and think about talking to someone you trust about what is happening.