According to additional research sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, high school students who bullied others were likely to perpetrate sexual, verbal, and physical dating violence.
The effects of teen dating violence can last long into adulthood.
A 16-year-old verbally abusing and emotionally controlling his girlfriend after class might make for a less dramatic mental image than our glamorous celebrity examples, but it doesn’t deserve our attention any less.
Statistics tell us that most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
She may not see the smother stage as abuse, especially if she’s unaware of what a healthy relationship looks like.
Sometimes it takes an outside party, a friend or family member to point out that their dynamic is not healthy.
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February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. We all have images that spring to mind when we think of this kind of abuse, and more than likely none of them are teenagers.
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.
When we know that dating violence is a teen issue and the realities surrounding it, we can educate students, teaching them what a healthy relationship looks like, we give them the tools to recognize the warning signs and get help early in an unhealthy relationship.
And this kind of emotional abuse tends to escalate.
If we fast-forward through that hallway a few years, or possibly only a few more months, the smothering might escalate into verbal abuse, with the boyfriend telling her how stupid and worthless she is – that she’s lucky that he’s dating her because no one else would, and that might further escalate to grabbing her arm hard enough to leave bruises, or hitting her.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.