Girls to Women Health and Wellness is a medical practice serving young women ages 10-25 in the North Texas area. We work with parents to provide adolescents with the confidence, information and tools to make positive lifestyle choices that will impact the rest of their lives. We serve the community by offering a variety of programs and workshops for girls and women.
Todd and Emily have been dating for a few weeks and he is beginning to act like he owns her. He complains when she spends time with her friends or anyone but him. He expects her to meet him in the halls between classes, eat with him at lunch, and hang out with him every weekend. Afraid she'll lose him, Emily obliges and begins to cut herself off from her friends.
This kind of POSSESSIVENESS isn't love - it's abuse. No parent wants to believe that this scenario, or worse, could ever happen to their child. For more information, read our short article: What's Love Got To Do With It, by Miki R Johnston, MSW, LCSW.
If you are the victim of an abusive relationship trust your feelings and don't minimize what is happening to you. Research shows that the abuse will not stop and will often get worse. Speak out and get help from a trusted adult. You have the right to be safe and happy in all your relationships.