Approximately 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who were victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner, first experienced some kind of dating violence between the ages of 11 and 17 years.
Misuse of technology is another problem plaguing our youth today.
These alarming statistics show that dating violence is much too common of an occurrence with both boys and girls today.
In this form of relationship bullying can occur during face-to-face encounters and electronically.
Just like with bullying, the use of technology makes escaping an abusive partner difficult and it can continue 24/7.
Abusive Dating Partner Warning Signs Here are some early warning signs that a dating partner may have violent and abusive tendencies: • Extreme jealousy • Controlling and demanding • Manipulative and deceitful behavior • Quick to fall in love • Unpredictable mood swings • Use of alcohol and/or drugs • Violent and aggressive tendencies • Isolates victim from friends and family • Uses physical force during arguments • Requires constant contact, does not give space • Calls names and continuously puts others down • Comes from a family history of violence or criminal behavior • Dating Violence Victim Warning Signs: • Physical signs of injury • Decline in school performance • Decline in hygiene and appearance • Indecisive • Changes in mood or personality • Use of drugs/alcohol • Isolation • Depression • Decrease in self-esteem • Withdrawn from family and friends • Withdrawn from activities once enjoyed doing • • Overly dependent on boyfriend/girlfriend • Pregnancy • Has unexplainable injuries Helping your teen...
In a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers found that 55% of parents reported talking to their teen (ages 11 to 18) about dating violence.
Mothers were more likely than fathers to engage in these conversations.
The study also found that teen dating violence was less likely to be discussed than other teen-related issues such as: academics, alcohol and drugs, family finances, sex, and dating relationships in general. Brad hit her, humiliated her, called her names and made her do things she would have never dreamed of doing. It was like she was living inside her worst nightmare.The study controlled for pubertal development, child maltreatment history and a range of socio-demographic factors."In addition to clarifying potential long-term impacts of teen dating violence victimization, our study highlights the importance of talking to all adolescents about dating and dating violence," Exner-Cortens said."This includes prioritizing teen dating violence screening during clinical visits and developing health care-based interventions for responding to adolescents who are in unhealthy relationships, in order to help reduce future health problems in these teens."Study co-authors are John Eckenrode, Cornell professor of human development and director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and Emily Rothman at the Boston University School of Public Health.The research was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.