Dating or violence
Singer Rihanna’s abuse by boyfriend Chris Brown is just one example as then 19-year-old Rihanna made her history of physical abuse at the hands of Chris Brown known to the world. In most cases it starts much earlier before it develops into full-fledged violence, and in some tragic instances, death.
A 16-year-old verbally abusing and emotionally controlling his girlfriend after class might make for a less dramatic mental image than our glamorous celebrity examples, but it doesn’t deserve our attention any less.
Teen abusers tend to start small, but dating violence doesn’t have to manifest in physical violence to emotionally damage a victim.
And this kind of emotional abuse tends to escalate.
Statistics tell us that most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
What’s more, many victims of domestic violence report having been first abused between the ages of 11 and 17.
Learn more about what teen dating violence looks like on our topics page.
It is common for teen abusers to use stalking behaviors to monitor their dating partner's activities while still dating or after the partner has tried to end the relationship.
Stalking behaviors may not look dangerous to others, but they are intended to be threats to the partner to stay in the relationship and remain under the control of the abuser.
Her phone buzzes and the boyfriend grabs it out of her hand and reads the text message.
He monitors all of her communication – phone, twitter, email .
The best way for teens to avoid becoming victims of dating violence is to set up healthy boundaries in their relationships from the beginning.