Expert on domestic and teen dating violence Jill Murray, offers advice for parents on how to spot warning signs of emotional and physical abuse and ways for teens to avoid abusive behavior in relationships. Before she met her boyfriend, she had more friends than she does now. Her grades have declined in the past weeks or months. She frequently cries or is very sad. If he calls or texts her, she must get back to him immediately.
Signs of Teen Dating Violence
Recognizing Dating Violence | Violence Prevention Works
Few of us are used to asking teenagers about their dating practices. Yet there is growing evidence that teens are abused by their boyfriends and girlfriends at rates comparable to those of long term adult relationships. Statistics show that one in three teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship. In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through abuse. Dating violence crosses all racial, economic and social lines and can be physical, sexual, economic or psychological.
Is This Abuse?
Dating violence is a pattern of behaviors used to exert power or control over a dating partner. Dating violence happens to boys and girls and can involve physical, emotional or sexual abuse. It's important to realize that an abusive boyfriend or girlfriend can use physical or emotional attacks and that emotional abuse can be as serious as physical abuse. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survellance System.