Domestic violence dating violence
And while physical abuse can leave behind evidence such as cuts, bruises, broken bones, and more, it is important to remember that emotional, verbal and psychological abuse can be just as damaging, if not more.
That’s because as the abuse continues, the victim begins to believe that they are at fault and are deserving of the abuse perpetrated upon them.
Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.
Like adult domestic violence, teen dating violence is a pattern of controlling behavior, in which one partner attempts to assert their power through physical, emotional, verbal, psychological, and sexual abuse.
Any sexual activity that is without your consent is rape or sexual assault.
Staying in an abusive relationship can have long-lasting effects on your mental and physical health, including chronic pain and depression or anxiety. Abusive partners may also pressure you into having unprotected sex or prevent you from using birth control.
In teenage dating relationships, there may be preconceived notions of gender roles.If a male partner refuses to wear a condom, get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). All material contained on these pages are free of copyright restrictions and may be copied, reproduced, or duplicated without permission of the Office on Women’s Health in the U. In teenage relationships, teens will often have grandiose ideas about love and romance, being less experienced than adults.As the relationship grows, they choose to spend the majority of time with their partner, becoming more and more isolated from others in their life.