Help for dating violence
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.Controlling behaviors, such as demanding passwords to email accounts or constant texting and phone calls may initially be viewed as signs of love – that a dating partner is taking an interest in their lives and showing how much they care.However, these behaviors are warning signs that a relationship may ultimately become abusive.
And you might end up giving up things about yourself that you wish, later, you hadn’t.
Let’s face it - Dating Relationships are just hard.