Any of these and more can be part of teen dating violence: Abusive teens use these kinds of behavior to keep power and control over a dating partner.
Teen dating violence occurs in straight and gay (LGTBQ) relationships.
Like domestic violence, dating violence is a progressive pattern of abusive behaviors – physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual – that are inflicted on one partner by the other to maintain power or control in the relationship.
Many adult and teenage perpetrators and victims alike have trouble identifying their own abusive relationship.
Recognizing that the person you love is controlling, abusive or violent is hard even for adults.
Even when teens recognize that they are being abused, they may hesitate to turn to adults for support, understanding, and protection.
KNOW MORE about the National Dating Abuse Helpline READ MORE about what you can do if you think you are in an abusive relationship SAY NO MORE to teen dating abuse Check out our Teen Dating Violence Booklet for teens, parents and anyone working or coming in contact with teens and/or their parents.
Estimates of teen dating violence prevalence vary widely, because studies define and measure violence differently over different periods of time for different populations.
“There is an array of emotions in a relationship between two people, all kinds of emotions, and it’s acceptable and understood,” said Marta Pelaéz, president and CEO of local nonprofit Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.
“But the one emotion that determines and, for me, defines if there’s abuse or not is if one of them is afraid of the other.” Cases of domestic and dating violence often go unreported, but most that are reported are collected from the National Teen Dating Violence hotline.
Respondents reported experiencing the following within the past year:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Surveillance Summaries: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2013 (pdf, 172 pages).