Did you know that 1 in 3 high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship?
What is Teen Dating Violence?
Teen dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, physical, verbal, emotional, and/or sexual, that one person uses to get power and control over another. Abusers in teen dating relationships, like those in adult relationships, use abuse because they CHOOSE to. They believe that they are entitled to use these methods to keep their dating partner under control. Abusers tend to make excuses for their use of violence or will usually put the responsibility for their abuse on someone else. For example, “you made me do it” is a statement abusers often use.
Warning Signs of Abuse…
While there are many signs of abuse, here are commons signs that you may be in an abusive relationship:
- Checking your cell phone or email without permission
- Constantly putting you down
- Extreme jealousy or insecurity
- Explosive temper
- Isolating you from family or friends
- Making false accusations
- Unpredictable mood swings
- Physically hurting you in any way
- Verbally threatens to hurt you
- Uses force during an argument
- Telling you what to do
Abusive relationships have good times and bad times and part of what makes it so confusing and painful is that there is love mixed with the abuse. This can make it hard to tell if you are really being abused.
Unfortunately, without help, the violence usually gets worse. If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, you can talk to an advocate at the Women’s Freedom Center about it.
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