What is teen dating violence?
It is an epidemic! 1 in 10 high school students report being physically abused by their dating partner! 1 in 3 report experiencing physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse! 1 in 3! Have 3 friends? It could be one of them! This information comes from the Center for Disease Control. They define Teen Dating Violence 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. (Find out more from the CDC by clicking here) – Yeah. It's a big deal. And it is never ok. Nope. Never. And it shouldn’t be happening to you or your friends. More resources are available below.
All relationships should be SAFE relationships. Abuse Free.
End of Story.
How do I know it is an abusive relationship?
There are lots of helpful tools, helpful quizzes, even apps for your phone. We have listed several links below that can guide you, but below is a good way to get started:
Does/Is your partner:
- Check your cell phone or email without permission
- Have an explosive temper
- Put you down
- Make false accusations
- Physically hurt you in any way
- Isolate you from family or friends
- Tell you what to do
- Extremely jealous or insecure
(Adapted from loveisrespect.org)
If your answer is yes to ANY of these than it sounds like you could definitely be in an unhealthy relationship.
If you or someone you know is experiencing Dating Violence, check out our links below – For live chats with an Advocate, local resources, Safety Planning, and info on how to help yourself or someone else!
You are not alone!
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