Get help dating abuse
According to national research, 1 out of 3 teens report knowing friends or peers who have experienced dating abuse.Worse, the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds that 1 in 10 teens report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
Different people in your teen’s life (teachers, coaches, friends and other family members) may each notice warning signs in your teen and their dating partner.
’ isn’t so straightforward—and that’s what can make it difficult to spot.” The warning signs for dating violence can be similar to warning signs for sexual assault and abuse.
With dating violence, early warning signs often begin with behaviors that are not physically violent.
These behaviors may violate a person’s boundaries, be emotionally abusive, or otherwise controlling.
“Small controlling behaviors might not seem like a big deal at the time, but they can escalate and eventually put someone at risk,” added Pinero.