Get help dating abuse
This national program provides a hotline, live chat, texting and other services: 1-866-331-9474 The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides crisis intervention, information and referrals to anyone touched by domestic violence, including professionals.
Different people in your teen’s life (teachers, coaches, friends and other family members) may each notice warning signs in your teen and their dating partner.Alarmingly, research indicates that only 33% of teens in abusive relationships have reported their experiences to anyone.Of those teen survivors, 3% of teens in abusive relationships reported the abuse to authority figures and 6% told family members. Studies show that teens experiencing abuse are more likely to smoke or use drugs, take diet pills/laxatives, engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Teens experiencing abuse are usually silent about their experience; often, teens blame themselves or normalize abusive behaviors as typical.“For example, demanding to know where someone is at all times, touching or pinching parts of someone's body in public when they’ve made it clear it’s unwanted, or controlling what type of clothes someone wears—these are all abusive behaviors that violate someone’s boundaries.” The laws about sexual violence and dating violence vary by state and situation.The following information is not a legal guide or an exhaustive list—rather it’s a general list of early warning signs for behaviors that are, or could become, violent.