It does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in any relationship, whether it’s one that is casual and short-term or serious and monogamous.
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: Launched in August 2011, the free Love is Not Abuse i Phone app is an educational resource for parents that demonstrates the dangers of digital dating abuse and provides much needed information on the growing problem of teen dating violence and abuse.
If you or a loved one is in a abusive relationship, please get help.
Visit loveisrespect for more information, chat with a peer advocate online, call 866.331.9474 or text "loveis" to 22522.
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.
FACT: Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.
A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that 1 in 5 teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner FACT: Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.