Statistics of dating violence
Teens that have witnessed violence within their own family are 50% more likely to be involved in an abusive relationship themselves. Violent relationships in formative years can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and further domestic violence. Dating Violence and Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adolescent Females.
The immediate scenario that pops into your head is likely not a teen or pre-teen couple.
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.
Physical abuse can be an implied threat, but hasn’t occurred yet.
Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control.
The next most common reasons are afraid of losing friends (20%) and dependent on abuser financially (12%). Conducted by Knowledge Networks, (December 2010), “College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll”.
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.
This also includes sexual contact with a partner who is intoxicated or drugged and unable to give clear and informed consent.
The use of any technology to control, pressure, or threaten a dating partner.
Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.