Examples of teen dating violence include physical and emotional harm, as well as stalking.
Teen dating violence can occur between current or former dating partners, in person or electronically.
According to results from the National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence, for 12-18 year olds reporting current or past year dating, 69 percent reported lifetime relationship abuse victimization.
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.
If you think you are in an abusive relationship, see “What to Do if You Are Being Abused,” below. Seek help, because without help, dating violence will escalate.
In almost all abusive relationships, men abuse women.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
The hell became so familiar that it was easier to stay rather than leave.
It was easier to live with the shame and guilt in secrecy.
It was easier to stay and suffer in private than to try to leave and be humiliated in public.
I was stuck in a psychological trap and didn't know where to turn, nobody could help me. Nobody knew I had been punched so hard I was almost knocked out.