Signs of teenage dating abuse
Part of this may be because of the way teenagers see themselves and because of their newness to dating.
According to The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, young men and women may have certain beliefs that lead to higher incidence of dating violence.
In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.
Early warning signs of an abusive partner For teens and those new to dating and relationships, it’s can be difficult to identify controlling behaviors from caring behaviors.
These warning signs do not mean a relationship will definitely turn violent.
A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.
Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.
These behaviors may violate a person’s boundaries, be emotionally abusive, or otherwise controlling.
“Small controlling behaviors might not seem like a big deal at the time, but they can escalate and eventually put someone at risk,” added Pinero.
However, if you notice several of them in your relationship or partner, you may need to re-evaluate your dating relationship.