Help dating abuse
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
Questions to ask in identifying abusive behavior: Are you unable to disagree with him/her?
Does your partner put you down, but then tell you he/she loves you?
Both include hitting, yelling, threatening, name calling and other forms of verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
This can make it hard to realize that you really are being abused.
If you think you are in an abusive relationship, see “What to Do if You Are Being Abused,” below. Seek help, because without help, dating violence will escalate.