Maybe your friend is afraid to tell a parent because that will bring pressure to end the relationship.
People who are abused often feel like it's their fault — that they "asked for it" or that they don't deserve any better. Help your friend understand that it is not his or her fault. The person who is being abusive has a serious problem and needs professional help.
In addition, please see our resources on same-gender relationships.
Healthy relationships involve respect, trust, and consideration for the other person. Instead, they involve mistreatment, disrespect, intense jealousy, controlling behavior, or physical violence. Physical abuse means any form of violence, such as hitting, punching, pulling hair, and kicking.
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Domestic violence/relationship abuse happens at the same rate in LGBTQQ relationships and all of the information on this site is relevant for male victims and for individuals in same-gender relationships.
Therefore, it is important for us to hold abusers accountable on an individual level as well. Teach your children that violence is never the answer to a problem, and that controlling another person is wrong.
Domestic violence/relationship abuse refers to intimate relationships, not child abuse.
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