Sometimes it is hard to know whether a friend is being abused in a dating relationship. However, every year thousands of young adults find themselves in abusive relationships, and may stay in the relationship because they hope their partner will change over time. Examples of abuse include:
Often abuse in relationships occurs in a cycle, where the abuser becomes increasingly angry, jealous, and moody. This can escalate to physical violence despite the partner's attempts to placate the abuser, and is often followed by a time where the abuser is penitent, kind, and loving and promises not to abuse again. Without intervention, the cycle usually repeats again and again.