Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.
Maybe you think it's your fault that your partner is so abusive … can include ridiculing, name-calling, threats, constant criticism, controlling, belittling, and other negative behavior to scare their partner or destroy her/his self-esteem.
Both men and women have long-term effects from this type of abuse.
Males and females have very different ideas about what dating means. She may feel confused and guilty about the assault - not angry.
Abuse usually happens because one or both partners has been abused as a child, or comes from a family where one or both parents is abusive.
Verbal abuse, like physical abuse, is rooted in the low self-esteem of a partner.
It's also rooted in the helplessness, guilt, and confusion of a partner who allows another to treat them this way. He'll use force to get his date to do what he wants.Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.If you (or someone you care about) is in an unhealthy relationship or is a victim of dating violence, know that you are not alone. Love is Respect (originally the National Dating Abuse Helpline) engages and empowers young people to end abusive relationships. Remember that you cannot change your batterer, and in time, the violence will get worse, sometimes lethal. Talk to an adult you can trust, locate a shelter or agency serving victims of intimate partner violence/domestic abuse in your community, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233). Or you can text “loveis” to 77054 (standard text rates apply).Your teen years are a time when you find your place in the world, and are faced with a lot of challenges.Although dating can be fun and exciting, it can create issues.The media also plays a part in portraying violence.The abusive partner has not learned positive and peaceful ways of solving problems.Maybe you don't know that it's notokay for your partner to beat you. Teenagers can often misinterpret abusive and violent behavior as a show of love.Maybe you're afraid that there's no one else in the whole world who would want you. Hitting, yelling, threatening, name calling, and using and hurting you sexually isn't love!