What is teen dating violence?

Teen dating violence is basically the same as adult domestic violence – a pattern of behavior that one partner uses over the other to establish and maintain control. This behavior can be emotional, physical, or sexual. Abusers often isolate their victims from family and friends, making them more dependent.

Teens have a unique set of factors affecting their choices regarding dating relationships, including peer pressure, the desire to be popular, lack of dating experience, and mistaking jealous and controlling behavior for “love.” Popular culture may also support the belief that a girl belongs to a guy and that he is the one in charge.

For examples, advice, and more information about teen dating violence, go to www.loveisrespect.org.

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