Causes of dating violence
These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship.
What I'd like to see is statistics comparing prevalence of experiencing abuse among teens who have been hit by the poor economy VERSUS those who have not experienced any economic distress.In addition, teens who are involved with abusive dating relationships are often afraid or reluctant to tell their parents or another adult for fear of being judged, not believed or having their experiences minimized.When dating violence goes unnamed, unaddressed and unreported, it often escalates and leads to serious lifelong consequences and health concerns.This is truly as far-fetched a claim as one can make!Dating abuse is a controlling pattern of negative behaviors.[Original article here, the relevant parts are reproduced below]Teens are experiencing an alarmingly high level of abuse in their dating relationships, which the economic recession has appeared to make worse, according to a new study.
Forty-seven percent of teens said they had been victimized personally by controlling behaviors from a boyfriend or girlfriend, according to a study by Liz Claiborne Inc. Nearly one in three teens in the study reported sexual or physical abuse or threats.
Emotional abuse includes behaviors such as name calling, threatening, insulting, shaming, manipulating, criticizing, controlling access to friends and family, expecting a partner to check in constantly, and using technology like texting to control and batter.
Teen dating violence is a serious public health issue.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year about one in 11 teens report being a victim of physical abuse – and one in five teens report being a victim of emotional abuse.
Physical abuse includes behaviors such as shoving, pushing, hitting, slapping, punching, kicking and grabbing.
And while the abuse can happen in person, this digitally savvy generation has discovered the power to communicate instantly also can be used to abuse.