In 2011 the National Center for Injury and Prevention and Control found that 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who had experienced rape, physical violence and or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17 years of age.
Unfortunately, teen dating violence has become a very serious issue. While the signs of dating violence are not all-inclusive, there are many signs to pay attention. Breakthecycle.org recommends looking for these common warning signs of dating abuse in a relationship:
- Extreme jealousy
- Explosive temper
- Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission
- Constant belittling or put downs
- Isolation from family members
- Making false accusations
- Erratic mood swings
- Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way
- Telling someone what to do
- Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex (2)
There are different factors to determine who is more likely to fall victim to an abusive relationship. According to the CDC, the risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who:
- Believe that dating violence is acceptable
- Are depressed, anxious, or have other symptoms of trauma
- Display aggression towards peers or display other aggressive behaviors
- Use drugs or illegal substances
- Engage in early sexual activity and have multiple sexual partners
- Have a friend involved in dating violence
- Have conflicts with a partner
- Witness or experience violence in the home
Loveisrespect.org offers support, information and advocacy to young people with questions or concerns about relationships. Confidential support is available via text, by calling 866-331-9474 or online at loveisrespect.org.
If you or someone you know has any questions or concerns about teen dating violence or abuse you can contact a HealthNet Therapist or Social Worker at a HealthNet location near you. Click here to learn more about HealthNet’s Behavioral Health and Social Work Programs.
Post by Jim Jones, PhD – Director of Behavioral Health