Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Confide in someone, such as a parent, trusted adult, health provider, or friend.
For starters, abuse doesn’t just mean hitting or shoving.
Many other behaviors actually count as abuse, some of which may surprise you. And behaviors that many teens think are normal actually aren’t cool at all.
Knowing or even suspecting that your child is in an unhealthy relationship can be both frustrating and frightening.
About 10 percent of the teenagers surveyed said they had had sex by age 14, while 20 percent said they had sex between the ages of 15 and 16. "What makes this data so disturbing is the clear and unexpected finding that dating abuse and violence begins at such a young age," said Jane Randel, the vice president of corporate communications for Liz Claiborne Inc., at a news conference to coincide with the survey's release.
One in five 13- or 14-year-olds in relationships say they know friends and peers who have been "struck in anger" by a boyfriend or girlfriend. And the "parents don't know what's going on," she said.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture. metro area who need legal help, please contact Break the Cycle's legal services team.