Do not meet your partner alone, or let them into your house or car while you are along.
Don’t ask blaming questions like “what did you do to provoke him? ” Don’t assume you know what is best for you friend.
Don’t give your friend and ultimatum: your friendship or their partner.
Teen Dating Violence This web page from the CDC includes an overview of teen dating violence definitions, the consequences of and reasons for dating violence, and a list of additional resources.
Child Trends: Dating Violence This fact sheet from Child Trends provides data on dating violence prevalence and trends. Teens and Sexual Assault Disclosure (PDF) The National Child Traumatic Stress Network outlines why adolescents often keep sexual assault experiences secret.
Have you been held down, shoved, pushed, hit, kicked, or had things thrown at you by your partner?
’ Does your partner make your choose between him/her or family and friends?
Violence Prevention: Summary and Special Reports Here the CDC provides reports from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
Reports include data on the national prevalence of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking among women and men in the United States.
The number of incidents and the severity of the abuse increases as the relationship continues. Very few tell anyone who could help, such as a parent a teacher, a counselor, or the police.
About one in ten teen couples is affected by dating violence.
Questions to ask in identifying abusive behavior: Are you unable to disagree with him/her?