Do you need help with Teenage Relationship Abuse

What to look out for:-

Does your partner restrict your access to friends and family?

Are you feeling under pressure to have sex?

Do you feel anxious if you are not able to check your messages on your phone?

Are you always making excuses for your boyfriend/girlfriend’s behaviour?

Have you altered your appearance to please someone else?

Have you been threatened or physically harmed?

Is your partner constantly checking your phone or texts and access to social media?

Do you feel trapped?

If you answered yes to any of the above, be aware that you do not have to put up with the abuse or accept that it is your own fault. Controlling or coercive behaviour can lead to violence over time. Recognise it now and take steps to keep yourself safe..

What can you do to help?

Most important and often difficult is coming to terms with the fact that you maybe in an unhealthy relationship.

Healthy relationships are built on trust, equality, kindness and support. Ask yourself whether your partner displays these qualities and makes you feel safe.

Talk to a trusted friend, teacher, parent or counsellor to support you to get the appropriate help.

Keep communication lines open between family and friends, you will need their support if you are planning to get out of the relationship.

Remind yourself why this relationship is harmful. You may experience lots of emotions, such as sadness, fear, anger or loneliness which is normal when considering an approaching loss.

Where you can go to get support

Childline 0800 1111

Colchester and Tendring Youth Enquiry Service (Y.E.S ) 01206 710771 / 01255 434601 The Junction 01206 764600

Teentalk (In Clacton and Harwich 01255 504800

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) 01206 769795

Colchester and Tendring Refuge 01206 500 585

Respect Phoneline 0800 802 4040 www.respectphoneline.org.uk

www.refuge.org.uk or Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 2000 247