Sometimes, good relationships turn sour, but no one deserves to be in a relationship where they are the victim of violence.There are certain things you can do to prevent dating violence in your relationship as well as with people you care about.James Patterson specializes in health and wellness topics, having written and produced material for the National Institutes of Health, the President's Cancer Panel and an Inc. He is also a former sportswriter with writing experience in basketball, baseball, softball, golf and other popular sports.Dating violence is emotional, physical or mental abuse within the bounds of a romantic or potential relationship, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.Kaylah Harris was 18 when she first experienced dating violence.She had a hair appointment and didn't want to be late, so she decided to go, leaving the behind the boyfriend who was supposed to go with her, but was running behind. ' And I told him 'I left, I didn't want to miss my hair appointment waiting on you.' And he was like, 'you're stupid.' He called me a bitch," she said. She said she took a break from him for a few days, but they got back together.When we talk about major concerns facing LGBTQ youth, we typically discuss topics like bias-based bullying and harassment or familial rejection and homelessness; and when we talk about violence facing the larger LGBTQ community, we typically discuss hate crimes.In other words, we talk about the violence facing our community from those outside it, from those who are openly homophobic and transphobic, but what about the violence happening within our community?
Often there are warning signs present early on in a relationship that can alert you to the fact that the relationship could become abusive.
Some people doubt whether or not they are even in a violent dating situation and become confused by their relationship.