Research has found that 2 in 5 young people in Lincolnshire are in an abusive relationship.
To tackle this Lincolnshire Police are running a campaign today about teenage domestic abuse.
The campaign is focusing on how to spot the signs of domestic abuse and what a victim can do about it.
Natalie Watkins, from Think2Speak on Behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “People should be looking for any behaviour that makes them feel uneasy, we often talk about listening to your gut reaction. It’s that feeling of walking on eggshells.”
Some of the signs can be possessiveness and stopping someone from seeing their friends, checking their mobiles or Facebook and telling them what clothes to wear.
For some people, once realising that they are in an abusive relationship it can be traumatic to leave.
Gov.uk stats revealed that it takes on average a woman to be assaulted over 30 times before she will report it to the police, and 7 times to leave her abusive partner before she leaves him for good, and for a teenager that experience could be all the more daunting.
Natalie said: “Figure out what your support network is. If there isn’t anyone in your family you can talk to go to a good friend to get help, and then it’s telling a trusted adult who will know what to do like a teacher.
“If you don’t feel like there’s anyone who could help you, there are services you can get in contact with, nationally we recommend ChildLine with trained councillors at the end of the line for people up to the age of 19 and locally theres domestic abuse services that provide help to people over the age of 16.”
Natalie said that it however bad it seems, it can get better.
“There are happy endings; people can get out of these relationships. You don’t have to stay in a relationship like that, and if you feel like you are in a relationship like that try and get out as soon as you can with support from other people.”