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Maybe it’s not that bad?

Maybe it’s not that bad?

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It’s hard to accept that someone isn’t treating you right. You might think, “It’s not that bad,” ‘cos sometimes they’re nice and fun to be around.

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How does your relationship make you feel?

How do I feel?

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One of the first signs that something isn’t right is how you feel. If you’re being treated badly, you feel anxious and confused a lot of the time.

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What is abuse?

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When things get ugly, it’s called “abuse” – when someone does things to control, bully, or hurt someone else. It’s not just physical violence – in fact, it might not be physical at all.

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Am I being abused? FAQs

Am I being abused? FAQs

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Something doesn’t feel right. You don’t like how you’re being treated but it’s confusing. Is it abuse?

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It’s not ok – what now?

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It’s not easy to admit that things aren’t turning out like you planned. Or wanted. But it’s better to get real than keep living in a bad dream.

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Why do they treat me like this?

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Is it ‘cos they’re stressed? Because they were drinking or using drugs? Or because they had a bad childhood?

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A couple not talking, looking distant

Should I speak up?

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Speaking up about things you don’t like lets the other person know that you expect respect.

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Is it my fault?

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Many people blame themselves if they’re treated badly. You must have done something to deserve it – right? Wrong.

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Can I get them to change?

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“Mostly we get along ok, but when he gets angry he says nasty things about me and pushes me around. I’ve told him I hate him when he acts like that. He apologises, but he keeps on doing it. How can I get him to change?”

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Should I leave them?

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Lots of people out there think, “Why don’t you just leave?” What they don’t realise is  – it’s hard to leave any relationship, and it’s extra hard if there’s been abuse.

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Will a baby make things better?

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You might think that having a baby together will change your relationship. Maybe he/she will stop treating you badly? Or will having a baby just make things worse?

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Dear Diary: weighing it up

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Things don’t seem good. Is it worth staying in this relationship? It can help to write your thoughts down.

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Am I stupid for staying?

Am I stupid for staying?

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You know you’re not being treated right, but you don’t want to leave. Is that stupid or weak?

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It's over

Will they hurt me if I leave?

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If your ex has been violent or unpredictable before, are you worried about telling them it’s over? (You should be.)

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I'm not with stupid anymore

My ex won’t accept that it’s over

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You’ve taken the leap and broken up with someone who wasn’t treating you right. But your ex isn’t getting the message that it’s over. What can you do?

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I’m worried about my friend

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It’s not easy for someone who’s being treated badly to talk about it. What’s the best way to sus it out and talk to them?

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