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118 LESSON 6
Worried about a Friend?
Signs of a disrespectful or abusive relationship:
Goes through partner’s phone to check texts, social media.
Keeps tabs 24/7. Texts constantly.
Is belittled or made to feel stupid by partner.
Slapped, pushed, or shoved by partner.
Chooses partner’s clothes.
Is told who to associate with or what they can do.
Is forced to do things against their wishes—including sex.
Won’t accept breaking up. Threatens to harm themself.
Seems afraid of partner.
Partner seems overly suspicious and jealous.
Friend seems overly worried about upsetting partner.
Friend starts to make excuses as to why they can’t go out.
What can I say to my friend?
You deserve better.
It is not okay to treat someone this way—whether it’s an insult, a slap, or hitting.
Healthy relationships don’t include that kind of behavior.
I am afraid for your safety. I am here for you.
By accepting the behavior, it can be interpreted as a green light to continue.
If the aggressor is your friend, say clearly that it’s not okay.
If your friend has a child, tell them this can hurt the child.
What can I do?
Focus on your friend’s strengths. Give encouragement that they are a person worthy of better
treatment. Relationships don’t have to be this way.
Encourage your friend to end the relationship.
Tell your friend who is the aggressor that there is help out there. They can be better.
Encourage talking to an adult. Offer helpful websites below.
Text, call a hotline for more advice on how to help your friend.
Call the police if someone’s safety is in danger.
Go to: Text “loveis” to 22522. 24/7 helpline 1-866-331-9474
Parent or Trusted Adult: Discuss these points together.
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