Drop him if he's abusive girls told
IF it feels wrong, it probably is. That's the message that's going out to young women in relationships.
A new campaign will target women who may only be at the dating stage in a new relationship -- but are already in danger of suffering abuse.
The 2in2u campaign from Women's Aid encourages women to listen to their instincts.
It draws on the fact that many domestic violence victims acknowledge that the signs of controlling or possessive behaviour were there from very early on in the relationship.
"Again and again, we hear from women living with domestic violence that the signs her partner was possessive and controlling were there from the start," said Margaret Martin, director of Women's Aid.
"But to her and those around her, it appeared he was just so into her," she said. And a myth exists abuse only occurs in older, established relationships but this was not the case, she said.
"In many 'going out' or 'dating' relationships, abuse is already a feature but is often not recognised as such by the young woman herself, or her friends," she said.
One in five women over the age of 18 experience physical, emotional and sexual abuse, according to Women's Aid.