What is Teen Dating Violence?
Dating Violence is more than just arguing
or fighting. It is a pattern of controlling behaviors that one
partner uses to get power over the other, including:
Physical violence or threats of
mental abuse such as playing mind games, making you feel
crazy, constant put down or constant criticizing
Sexual abuse, including making you do
things you donít want to do, refusing to have safe sex, or
making you feel bad about yourself sexually
So you may experience dating violence even
if you are not being physically abused. It can occur in both
casual dating situations and serious, long-term relationships.
Teen Dating Violence and Domestic
dating violence and adult domestic violence are very similar:
Both teen dating
violence and adult domestic violence affect people from all
socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious groups.
Both occur in
heterosexual, gay and lesbian relationships
patterns of repeated violence which escalates over time
violent abusive behavior followed by apologies and promises
to change and that it will never happen again
Both show increased danger for the victims when they are trying
to terminate the abusive relationship.