What is teen dating violence?
It's defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. You may have heard several different words used to describe teen dating violence (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teen Dating Violence). Here are a few:
- Relationship Abuse
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Relationship Violence
- Dating Abuse
- Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
Who can experience teen dating violence?
Any pre-teen or teen between the ages of 12-21 who are in a dating relationship.
What does teen dating violence consist of?
Any controlling actions from one partner.
How do I know if I am a victim of teen dating violence?
Take the healthy relationship quiz:
Being able to tell the difference between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships can be more difficult than you would think. No two relationships are the same, so what’s unhealthy in one relationships may be abusive in the next. Although there are many signs to pay attention to in a relationship, look for these common warning signs of dating abuse:
- Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission
- Extreme jealousy or insecurity
- Constant belittling or put-downs
- Explosive temper
- Isolation from family and friends
- Making false accusations
- Erratic mood swings
- Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way
- Telling someone what to do
- Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex
Reference: Break the Cycle http://www.breakthecycle.org/warning-signs