Dating abuse for teens
Physical harm caused to a victim’s person or property.
This includes hitting, slapping, shoving, kicking, hair pulling, biting, throwing things, choking, and any use of a weapon against a victim.
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They feel flattered that the abuser wants them all to himself and don’t realize until later the psychological damage inflicted by this behavior.
It’s usually necessary for friends or family to point out to the victim that the relationship is not healthy. This can come through aggressive behavior, such as punching a wall, or maintaining a threatening proximity to the victim.
Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
Physical abuse can be an implied threat, but hasn’t occurred yet.
The abuser may also threaten to harm himself or others as a coercion technique.
That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11 to 14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.
Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.Friends and trusted adults can help students recognize unhealthy relationships and empower them to establish healthy boundaries.