Red flags for dating violence

"Red flags" include someone who: Abuse is never the fault of the victim and it can be hard for many reasons, including safety, to end the relationship.

If you experience these "red flags," you can confide in a friend or reach out for support from a domestic violence advocate.

Since the red flag campaign was launched, it has expanded to almost 400 colleges, military academies and community agencies in 48 states and Canada eight years ago.“A lot of people don’t know as much about sexual assault as they should know,” Davis said.

“I thought most people understood what sexual assault was and what dating violence was, but I’m finding that a lot of people don’t understand what those definitions are.” SAVES mission is to prevent and support people affected by sexual violence and harassment, stalking and intimate partner violence.

The campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to say something when they see warning signs ("red flags") for sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking in a friend’s relationship.

Others are positive indicators that you are becoming involved with an abuser.

The more “yes” answers, the more likely it is that you are dating an abuser.

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive.

In fact, many abusers may seem absolutely perfect on the surface — as if they are the dream partner — in the early stages of a relationship.

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