Information on teenage dating violence

Learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Dating violence can cause serious harm to your body and your emotions. Return to top In the United States, teens and young women experience the highest rates of relationship violence.

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Teens who experience or perpetrate abuse in their dating relationships are very likely establishing patterns of abuse that can carry on throughout their adult lives. Knowing the early warning signs of abuse can help you to identify whether your teen is in an abusive relationship before it’s too late. Offer to connect your teen with a professional, such as a counselor or attorney, who will keep the conversations confidential. Stress to your teen that you are on his or her side. Let your teen know that the abuse is not his or her fault and that no one deserves to be abused.Never get pregnant hoping that it will stop the abuse.You can ask your doctor about types of birth control that your partner doesn't have to know you are using. Return to top If you think you are in an abusive relationship, learn more about getting help.You may think alcohol or drugs make a partner abusive.Those things may increase the chances of abuse, but they never make it right.