What’s Teen Dating Violence?
Teen dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
What Does Dating Violence Look Like?
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse in relationships as adults do. This can include:
- Physical abuse: any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear or injury, like hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon
- Emotional abuse: non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking
- Sexual abuse: any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity or the circumstances in which sexual activity occurs, including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control
While young people experience the same types of abuse as adults, often the methods are unique to teen culture. For example, teens often report “technological abuse” — receiving threats by text messages or being stalked on facebook.
If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help.
Ten Warning Signs of Abuse
While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten of the most common abusive behaviors:
- Checking your cell phone or email without permission
- Constantly putting you down
- Acting extremely jealous or insecure
- Having an explosive temper
- Demanding to know where you are and who you are with all the time
- Isolating you from family or friends
- Undergoing large mood swings
- Physically hurting you in any way
- Being possessive
- Telling you what to do