Teen Dating Violence

What is teen dating violence?

Teen dating violence is a pattern of behavior that includes physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse used by one person in an intimate relationship to exert power and control over another. Teen dating violence is generally defined as occurring between individuals aged 13-19 years old. One common reason that abuse goes unreported is that many young women believe that their boyfriend’s jealousy and possessiveness is normal, or even romantic. They might also believe that they are responsible for the way that they are being treated. Inexperience with dating relationships, embarrassment, peer pressure, and the desire to be more independent makes it very difficult for young people to turn to adults for help with an abusive relationship.

What does teen dating violence look like?

Does your partner:

  • Constantly put you down or puts down your accomplishments or goals?
  • Enjoy making fun of you?
  • Act jealously and/or possessively?
  • Use intimidation or threats?
  • Pressure you sexually for things you are not ready to do?
  • Make you feel there’s no way out of the relationship?
  • Make you feel that everything that goes wrong is your fault?
  • Isolate you from your friends?
  • Act violently or abusively toward animals.?