Dating violence, specifically teen dating violence, can take many forms.
Whether it is physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, it causes significant harm to those involved.
According to the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, teen dating violence (TDV) is a pattern of behavior that someone uses to gain control over his or her dating partner.
It is also important to note that “dating” is a term that adults tend to use to identify romantic relationships between young people; accordingly, that’s the term that we use in describing these dynamics on this page.
In any form, teen dating violence does not discriminate based on gender, race, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.
If you find yourself censoring your partner’s behavior when recounting it for friends or family, this might be a sign that some part of you realizes your partner’s behavior is “wrong.” If you find yourself policing your own behavior when with your partner out of fear that they will be “upset” or “disappointed” with you for failing to live up to their (often ill-defined or volatile) expectations, this might help you identify ways in which the power balance in your relationship is unhealthy and skewed.
Below are examples of common behavior patterns abusers use. Here are some other common signs of an abusive dating relationship.
Remember: abuse can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or physical.
Although transgender youth were under-sampled in the study, these figures are still alarming.
LGB youth also showed significantly higher rates of dating violence compared to non-LGB youth.