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What is Teen Dating Violence?
Dating violence is not the same as having an argument or disagreement with your partner but one persons need to have all the power and control in the relationship. Dating violence is a cycle of abusive, controlling behaviors that occurs over and over again. Once abuse occurs it is likely to happen again. Relationships don't start out as abusive. In the beginning of a relationship abusers often appear to be romantic, charming and almost perfect. Abusive behaviors usually progress slowly and subtly.
Red Flags of a Violent Partner
While there are many warnings signs that a dating relationship may likely turn violent, researchers have identified the most common abusive behaviors. If you begin to notice several of these behaviors in your partner, you may want to reconsider the dating relationship.
Check your cell phone, emails or social networks without permission
Physically harming you in any way
Constantly belittle you and put you down
Isolate you from your family and friends
Constant mood swings/Explosive temper
Force/pressure you to have sex
Tell you what you can and cannot do
Warning Signs of Dating Violence
More than half of adolescents/teens between ages 13 and 18 know friends or peers who have been physically, sexually, or verbally assaulted by a dating partner. If you recognize any of these warning signs, it may be an indication that your loved one is in an abusive relationship.
Sudden changes in mood personality/or change in appearance
Stopping school activities
Avoiding friends and social events
Physical signs of injury, unexplained injuries, or the explanations for the injuries do not make sense
Clothes that don’t match the weather (long sleeve tops in summer) may be worn to hide bruising
Use of drugs/alcohol
Difficulty making decisions
Excessive text messaging, phone calling, constantly checking in with partner
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