There are various ways you can keep yourself safe from a relationship/friendship becoming abusive (regardless of who it’s with), but recognising the tactics and spotting the warning signs are two of the best forms of self protection.
» Abuse Safety: Reading Dating Profiles – warning signs to look out for.
» Abuse Safety: Writing Dating Profiles – how to avoid giving off the wrong signals.
» Abuse Safety: Early Warning Signs – what to look out for in the first weeks/month of a new relationship.
If you are already in an abusive situation, or someone who is – whether it’s with a romantic partner, family member, “friend”, colleague, or anyone else – help is available.
» Where to Get Help (UK) – links to helplines/websites for abuse victims (off all ages and genders).
» How to Support Someone in an Abusive Relationship
Many abused people feel only way they can communicator with an abuser is through passive-aggressive responses (crying/apologising or getting angry/shouting). Learning how to be assertive builds self-confidence, and helps to protect you against abuse and manipulation.
» Assertiveness: Introduction – introducing the concepts of passiveness, assertiveness, and aggression.
» Assertiveness Skills: How to Say “No” – learning how to say no, without feeling bad.
» Assertiveness Skills: How to Not Say Sorry – coming soon