In the past, relationship violence was looked upon as an adult problem; but in recent years, teens have begun to speak out, describing the same continuum of violence in their lives – sexual harassment, assault, physical abuse.
The types of abuse that these teens are experiencing can be compared to the abuse that adults can experience. This is a part of why we need to spread awareness about teen dating violence. Many people do not understand the severity and extent of teen dating violence. It is crucial to keep an eye out for different warning signs and red flags that can present themselves in a toxic relationship.
Warning Signs & Red Flags
- Controlling Behavior
- Quick Involvement
- Unrealistic Expectations and Dependencies
- Cruelty to Animals
- ‘Playful’ Use of Force During Sex
- Abrupt Mood Changes
- History of Violence
- Breaking or Throwing Objects
- Any Force During an Argument
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
If you or someone you know has been the victim of dating violence, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Dating Abuse Helpline. Click Here
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