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Copy of Teen Dating Violence
Transcript of Copy of Teen Dating Violence
The 5 Types of Dating Abuse
Physical abuse is the most obvious type. It comes in the form of hitting, punching, slapping, biting, anything that hurts physically. If you see a loved one with bruises or scars, you may want to talk to them about it.
Mental abuse happens when one dating partner constantly puts down the other. They may call names, make threats, or accuse the other person of cheating. This is harmful to the mind, and is an unhealthy relationship.
The abusive partner may try to control the other’s behavior, personality, and life. They crush the spirit of their boyfriend or girlfriend. This is called emotional abuse.
Sexual abuse includes unwanted touching, putting pressure on someone to have sex, or even rape. Yes, it’s still rape when you’re dating.
Financial abuse has to do with money. If your partner is using your credit card without permission, putting your paycheck in their account, or telling you what you can and cannot buy, you are being financially abused.
ex: “If you leave me, I’ll kill myself.”
ex: “You can’t hang out with him/her anymore.”
The Boyfriend's Background
Making Excuses for Him
Do you know someone that has fewer friends than she did before meeting her boyfriend?
This speaks to the isolation that an abusive boy imposes on a girlfriend. He might isolate her first from her friends, then from her outside activities and then her family. She can then become emotionally dependent on him, and find it difficult to leave.
In the early infatuation stage of any relationship girls are often happy. Once the boy becomes abusive, she begins feeling sad and desperate. She may cry more or want to be alone.
Does the boyfriend constantly call or text her, and she must call him back immediately?
If she looks at or speaks casually with another boy, does the boyfriend get upset? Did he tell her that he loved her early in the relationship? This is his "hook." She might find this romantic, but it could be another red flag for jealousy and issues with control.
If her boyfriend comes from a tragic home life, it could mean trouble. He might not be far behind in his parent's footsteps if they use drugs or are abusive to him or each other.
The Need to Impress
When he gives her "advice" about her choice in friends, hairstyle, clothes or makeup, notice if she's following his every word. She is likely in complete denial and may be in fear of what he will do to her if she doesn't change.
She might stick-up for her boyfriend, defending his words and actions. Don't let her denial force you to ignore your gut! He may have convinced her that she's too sensitive when he calls her names or told her he's "only kidding."
Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship.
Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.
Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72 percent of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating.”
Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic violence
Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
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There is an increased risk of unhealthy relationships for teens who have multiple sexual partners, use drugs or alcohol, don’t have parental supervision, or witness violence at home or in the neighborhood.
Most importantly, if you keep the line of communication open with her, you'll be able to notice more signs. For more information, call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE.
20 % of teens have been threatened by their partners, or had partners threaten to hurt themselves if the relationship ended.
33% of teens, and 50% of teen girls, say they have felt pressured to have sex in a serious relationship.
30 % have worried about their safety in a relationship, and 20 percent have been hit, slapped, or pushed.
64 % have been with a jealous or controlling partner.
55 % have compromised their standards to keep their partner.
25 % have been put down or called names by their partner.