Solutions to dating violence
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
She then goes on to perpetuate the cycle by allowing it to occur within her own relationship or abusing her partner in a variety of ways.
Teens are fairly new to relationships and society, and will sometimes exhibit the same behaviors prevalent in their homes.
Teens may often feel pressured to present a certain image to their violent friends, which can sometimes become the cause of teen dating violence, notes the CDC.
A teenager who hangs out with a tough group of friends may feel as though he needs to make an example of how well he can control his girlfriend by humiliating her or physically abusing her in front of friends.
Teens are only just beginning to understand what being in a relationship means.
Whether it's physical, emotional or sexual, the cycle of abuse stems from immaturity and a desire to control another human being.
If your child seems to be suffering from an abusive partner, it's important to understand the causes of violence in teen dating so you can know how to help.
Use teachable moments in real life and in TV and movies to discuss how to be assertive and how to handle difficult relationships.
Also, don't be the parent who freaks out at the first mention of sex, underage drinking, or a fight erupting at a party.