Teen abusers tend to start small, but dating violence doesn’t have to manifest in physical violence to emotionally damage a victim.
And this kind of emotional abuse tends to escalate.
Sometimes it takes an outside party, a friend or family member to point out that their dynamic is not healthy.
It’s also all too common for victims of abuse to return to their abusers even if the relationship was broken off. They believe the abuser’s apology and put themselves back into a dangerous relationship.
Singer Rihanna’s abuse by boyfriend Chris Brown is just one example as then 19-year-old Rihanna made her history of physical abuse at the hands of Chris Brown known to the world. In most cases it starts much earlier before it develops into full-fledged violence, and in some tragic instances, death.
NON-THREATENING BEHAVIOR: This involves talking and acting so that dating partners feel safe and comfortable expressing themselves and being involved in the kinds of activities that interest them.One study reports that 25% of 8 graders say they’ve been victims of dating violence. While any amount of abuse is too much and worthy of our attention, the fact that this many students engage in abusive relationships at such a young age should serve as a warning sign that teen dating violence is a serious issue, and we can’t ignore it.Let’s take another look at that 16-year-old and his girlfriend.Here are 4 healthy boundaries that every teen should set for their dating relationships: With an awareness that dating violence is a teen issue, we can better protect those at risk.
Learn more about Teen Dating Violence by visiting our topics page or book a program with one of our speakers to talk to your students about how to build healthy relationships.
While involved in a relationship, it’s all too common for a teen girl to excuse a boyfriend’s behavior, especially in the early stages.