Physical abuse can be an implied threat, but hasn’t occurred yet.
The abuser may also threaten to harm himself or others as a coercion technique.
They feel flattered that the abuser wants them all to himself and don’t realize until later the psychological damage inflicted by this behavior.
Friends and trusted adults can help students recognize unhealthy relationships and empower them to establish healthy boundaries.
Book one of our speakers to give a teen dating violence program at your school.
Statistics show that 72% of students in 8th and 9th grades are in dating relationships.
Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
They usually keep track of all of the victim’s actions and conversations.
Young teens often do not realize that this kind of control is abusive. The immediate scenario that pops into your head is likely not a teen or pre-teen couple.But unfortunately, teen dating violence is reality for 1.5 million high school students across the US every year who experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend.A pattern of put-downs, name-calling, yelling, or threats leveled against a dating partner.Abusers use words to gain power and control over their victim, often damaging their partner’s self-esteem and emotional health.Encouraging or demanding that a partner neglect relationships with friends and family.