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Saturday 30 August 2014

2in2u? Know the signs of dating abuse

WOMEN'S Aid is highlighting '2in2u', a national public awareness campaign to reach out to young women who are dating.

It points out that young women don't need to be in a 'domestic' relationship to experience control and abuse. Abuse can happen to any woman, in any type of relationship.

"The Women's Aid 2in2u campaign highlights how what felt like positive attention at the beginning of a relationship can turn into negative, controlling attention, and it becomes harder for the woman to break up or seek help," a spokeswoman said.

"Violence and abuse are often not recognised as such by the woman, or her friends. That's why we have put together a Relationship Health Check Quiz at www.2in2u.ie.

"We hope if a young woman is worried about any aspect of her relationship, she will ring the Women's Aid Freephone Helpline (1800 341 900) or talk to someone she trusts."

Dating abuse means that your boyfriend may try to:

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{HTML_BULLET} physically attack you

{HTML_BULLET} threaten to kill you or himself {HTML_BULLET} rape you or force you to do sexual things against your will

You may feel like you are 'walking on eggshells' and living in fear of his temper. Dating abuse is wrong and no one deserves to be threatened, beaten or in fear for their lives.

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