Typically, by the time physical abuse is present, a pattern of verbal and emotional abuse has already been established. If not confronted, it can ultimately affect the rest of a young person’s life by introducing a cycle of unhealthy relationships with violent or abusive partners.
Teens that stay in a violent relationship often become confused about what makes a healthy relationship and can begin to mistake abuse for love.
Dating violence is a vicious cycle that not only affects adults but also affects teens.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been a well examined and documented phenomenon in adults; however, there has not been nearly as much study on violence in adolescent dating relationships, and it is therefore not as well understood.
And, while your teen needs you more than ever to help them through this challenging time, they are also seeking independence and turning to peers.
While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. Right now, your teen is forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships.
Teen dating violence is a pattern of actions or threats of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse by a teen (between the ages of 13 and 18) against a current or former dating partner.
Any of these and more can be part of teen dating violence: Abusive teens use these kinds of behavior to keep power and control over a dating partner.