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How to Recognize Red Flags

A relationship becomes unhealthy when one person tries to control their partner on purpose, in a hurtful way. While abuse often happens as a pattern of controlling behavior, a single episode of abuse or red flag is still a cause for concern.

Signs that a that a relationship may be abusive:

  • Giving up things that are important
  • Isolation from friends
  • Changes in appearance, weight, grades or behavior; these could be signs of depression, which can be an indicator of abuse
  • Unexplainable injuries or explanations for injuries that don’t make sense
  • Afraid of partner or fearful of making partner angry
  • Preoccupied with pleasing partner
  • Apologizes for partner’s behavior
  • Gives excuses to questions about their relationship, such as “everything is under control” or “it’s not your problem”


Signs that a dating partner may be abusive:

  • Loses temper, breaks or hits things
  • Monitors partners activities through cell phone, computer or social media
  • Argues or fights with other people
  • Extreme jealousy and insecurity
  • Demanding to know whom their partner is with and where their partner has been
  • Calls their partner names or puts down their partner in front of other people


If you think you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship – whether physical, emotional or sexual – and you need help, you should contact a Green Flags pro.

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