Dating abuse isn’t always as obvious as bruises and beatings. In fact, if you don’t know any better, some of the most common forms of relationship abuse might seem like the way that boyfriends and girlfriends are supposed to act.
That’s why it’s so important that you learn the signs of abusive relationships as soon as you start dating. If any of the signs below are true for your relationship, get help.
- Your boyfriend | girlfriend constantly checks in on you
- He | She lies to you
- He | She won’t let you to talk to other guys | girls
- He | She threatens to hurt himself | herself
- He | She loses his | her temper quickly
- He | She embarrasses you in public
- He | She forces you to have sex
- He | She keeps you away from your friends
- He | She checks your phone
- He | She does anything that scares you in any way
Dating violence, like domestic violence, is a pattern of controlling, and abusive behaviors of one person over another within a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse. It can occur in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It knows no boundaries and crosses all lines of race, socioeconomic status, etc. It CAN happen to ANYONE!
Teen Dating Violence Statistics
- Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence.
- 1 in 5 high school girls is physically or sexually hurt by a dating partner.
- 1 in 3 teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships.
- Only 33 % of teens who have been in or known about an abusive dating relationship report having told anyone about it.
- Teen girls face relationship violence 3 times more than adult women.
- 25% of victims say they have been isolated from family and friends.
- More than half of victims say they have compromised their own beliefs to please a partner.
- Many teens think this is normal.
- Teens report dating abuse via cell phones is a serious problem.
- Cell phone calls and texting mean constant control: 1 in 3 teens say they are text messaged 10, 20, 30 times an hour by a partner keeping tabs on them
- 82% of parents whose teens were emailed or text messaged 30 times an hour were not aware of this
- The majority of parents of teen victims are unaware of the abuse
For Immediate Assistance
- If you or someone you know is a victim, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE or visit their website: www.ndvh.org
- Teen victims can also call the National Teen Dating Violence Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 or visit their website at www.loveisrespect.org
- Break the Cycle
- Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund Prevention of Relationship Violence
- Love Is Respect
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline Love Is Respect
- R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Relationship Empowerment for Students, Parents, Educators & Community Through Theatre
- That’s Not Cool.com Teen Dating Violence & Bullying
- Voices of Hope