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Did you know that 1 in 3 teens in the United States are affected by dating violence? Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological or emotional violence within a dating relationship and includes stalking. This can occur in person or electronically and can take place in current relationships or with former dating partners.
So often, when we think of abusive relationships, we imagine someone (typically, female) with a black eye or other physical injuries. Dating violence is not, in fact, all violent. Dating violence can be any physically, sexually, psychologically or emotionally abusive behaviors (or any combination thereof). Meaning, behaviors like controlling what you wear, calling you names or putting you down, and even constant check-ins qualify as abuse, not just physical assault. In addition, LGBTQ teens are at a higher risk of experiencing dating violence. We can all do a better job confronting our stereotypes about who is capable of hurting and who is capable of being hurt.
Warning signs, also called red flags, of an abusive partner or relationship may include, but are definitely not limited to:
If you are experiencing any of these, TPN is here to help. A partner who loves and cares for you should never act out in dangerous, controlling, or violent ways.
It’s possible that you, a friend or a family member is a victim or survivor of abuse, assault, harassment or other acts. You can get help! Call TPN’s 24-hour crisis hotline. 1-800-639-3130
Follow this link to safety planning