Warning signs of teen dating violence
We recognize that dating abuse knows no boundaries and that both men and women can be both perpetrators and victims of abuse.However, the vast majority of reported dating abuse is men as perpetrators and women as victims–for this reason, the victim will often be refered to as “she” on this website.
It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.This is usually the longest stage, because it is building up to the final and most dangerous stage.Last is the violence stage, or sometimes it is called the explosion stage.Abuse occurs in all types of relationships and among people with varying backgrounds of age, race, religion, financial status, sexual orientation and education.Teen dating abuse is any act that causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to a teen by an individual who is in a current or former dating relationship with that teen.After the violence/explosion stage, the partner will likely apologize and promise never to abuse the partner again.
If the partner stays in the relationship and forgives the abuser, the relationship cycles back into the honeymoon stage, until the tension begins to build again.
Information for parents can be found in our downloadable brochure or by contacting our Training Coordinator at It is important for parent(s) to know whom your teens are dating and to talk with them about healthy relationships.
Keep in mind that some teens may mistake attention as expressions of love when in fact they are warning signs of control.
Teen dating abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, verbal or emotional in nature.
While abuse often occurs as a pattern of controlling behavior, a single episode of abuse is cause for concern.
Warning signs for parents that your teen may be a victim of dating violence Teenagers can be a moody bunch.