From the outside, most teen couples you see in the hallways at school look pretty normal. In fact, they probably seem so close. But if you look a little closer you would see that something is terribly wrong. She is wearing long sleeves on a humid day to hide the bruises on her arms where he squeezed her when he was angry.
Preventing Teen Dating Violence |Violence Prevention|Injury Center|CDC
Teen dating violence TDV is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends. TDV is common.
One-in-three adolescents in the United States is a victim of abuse at the hands of an intimate partner. Let me repeat that: One-third of teenagers in dating relationships are being abused by their partners. Because, hey, what the media is selling is that manipulation and control are signs of a healthy relationship, and persevering through rough waters, waiting for loved ones to change their behavior, is commendable.
Healthy relationships consist of trust, honesty, respect, equality, and compromise. A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year 2 and approximately 29 percent of adolescents reported being verbally or psychologically abused within the previous year. It can negatively influence the development of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and identity as youth grow into adulthood 4 and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.