Teen dating violence statitics
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Young teens often do not realize that this kind of control is abusive.
They feel flattered that the abuser wants them all to himself and don’t realize until later the psychological damage inflicted by this behavior.
It’s usually necessary for friends or family to point out to the victim that the relationship is not healthy. This can come through aggressive behavior, such as punching a wall, or maintaining a threatening proximity to the victim.
Abusers can be male or female, and experts are seeing these patterns of behavior in younger and younger students as pre-teens and elementary students engage in dating relationships before developing healthy relationship skills and boundaries.
Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control.