While the immediate impact might be humiliation and/or physical pain, young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in physical fights or bring weapons to school.
They might exhibit higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse as well as high-risk sexual behaviors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.
Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Although many people assume that they will never have to face being in an abusive relationship, one in three teen relationships involves violence.
The signs weren't obvious, especially to a 14 year-old, but it began with him telling me he didn't like the shirts I wore, or that my skirt was too short; at the time, it was easy to mistake jealousy and control for adoration.Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.It does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in any relationship, whether it’s one that is casual and short-term or serious and monogamous.One winter day during my junior year, I found out that he had cheated on me again. He became enraged as I walked away to my class but he didn't follow me. In that moment, I had two choices: I could either sit there and continue to be belittled in front of everyone because he wasn't going to leave, and nobody else was going to say or do anything, or I could walk out and be shamed anyway because I had given into his threats. As we walked down the hall, he spit in my face, pulled my necklace off my neck, threw it in the trashcan and he threw me up against the lockers. Mine is a story of emotional, psychological, and physical abuse.After class had begun, I heard the door swing open, which was at the front of the classroom. He stayed at the door and looked toward the teacher and said to him in front of the whole class, "I need to speak to that fucking whore right there." He pointed at me, then he turned to me and said, "Bitch, get your fucking stupid ass out here now." Everybody turned and looked at me in shock but nobody said a word. It didn't begin immediately, in fact, there weren't any signs until we had been dating for almost a year.Our project for youth and young adults, loveisrespect, was the first national, 24-hour helpline for teens and young adults affected by dating violence.We are proud to be commemorating loveisrespect’s 10th anniversary this February!Abuse affects people of every gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and nationality. It is a way of controlling another person, and even abuse that doesn't leave physical marks can have profound emotional consequences and put the person being abused in danger. Today we’re kicking off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month), a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, which affects one in three adolescents in the U. At The Hotline, we believe that education is the key to preventing dating and domestic violence.You can help by talking to the young people in your life about what’s healthy and what’s not healthy in a relationship.