Abusers often pinpoint victims who will allow for quick, intense involvement to the exclusion of other friends, parents, and a healthy social life.
Part of this may be because of the way teenagers see themselves and because of their newness to dating.
According to The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, young men and women may have certain beliefs that lead to higher incidence of dating violence.
Young women often feel that it is their responsibility to solve problems within the relationship, and may hold themselves to blame for their partner’s moods.
4.) Alcohol or drug abuse – Substance abuse is often the sign of a larger behavioral problem.
Share with your children the warning signs that a relationship may turn abusive.
These signs include: 1.) Extreme jealousy and/or controlling behavior – Teens, unfamiliar with healthy relationships, may feel that jealousy or controlling behavior is “romantic” or a sign that their partner “truly loves them.” Further, young men (and even some young women) may feel that they “possess” their partners and jealousy and controlling behavior are signs of love.Controlling behavior can include dictating a partners dress and mannerisms, habits, and social life.2.) Quick involvement – Watch for relationships that seem to crop up out of nowhere.Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.One in three teens has experienced dating violence. Bureau of Justice, women ages 16 to 24 suffer the most from dating or domestic violence, with about 20 in 1,000 women being abused by their partners.