Guys are vulnerable to being financially taken advantage of.
They can be emotionally and verbally abused, and a jealous girlfriend can keep them away from friends or isolate them socially.
Since gay relationships are often kept secret, the violence is even more hidden.
Mean jokes and teasing may not seem like much, but they can also be the beginning of much worse verbal and emotional abuse.
Look for signs of power and control: When someone is being hurt by a dating partner, there are often (but not always) signs that something is wrong.
Remember that emotional abuse can be very subtle, and it often starts as cruel jokes or teasing you. Cutting someone off from friends and family is very common in abusive relationships.
Your partner should not make you feel bad about hanging out with friends or make you feel guilty if you want time to do your own things. Economic abuse involves cutting off or limiting your money, but it also includes any time your partner keeps you away from the things you need to be successful.
It's hard to leave a relationship that has been a big part of your life, and it's difficult to break up with someone you care about. Friends are often the most important lifeline available to someone caught in a bad dating relationship.