21 Copyright 2023 Marline E. Pearson The image above conveys a reality about dating violence: emotional or physical harm— even murder—doesn’t always pop out of nowhere one day. It can often be traced back to earlier behaviors of disrespect. It is important to expect and insist on being treated with respect from the start of any relationship. And, it is never too late for a person to raise their bar for behaviors they accept or for behaviors they engage in. Awareness of disrespect and early warning signs can help reduce the risks of getting attached to an abuser. Once attached, some abusers will do anything—to the point of threats, injury, and even murder to keep a partner from leaving. Distribute Knowing as a young adult what a healthy relationship is, expecting respect, kindness, and caring in all relationships, and assertively drawing the line of respect is important. A go-slow and get-to-know- first approach to relationships is a safer way to go. Red Flags List as many examples of disrespect and early warning signs of abuse as you can. 1. 4. 2. 5. 3. 6. Safe Responses Circle one example from above. What could a person say or do in such a situation to draw the line of respect and move away from the situation toward safety and respect? Create an assertive (not aggressive) response or action. EMOTIONAL HARM INJURY Sample Do Not draw the line of respect
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