Recognizing dating violence among today’s youth is vital to eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault from our community. Dating violence affects everyone, including teens, young adults, and their parents. 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from an intimate partner before becoming adults. At The Bridge we provide resources to individuals of all ages and aim to eliminate dating violence among the youth in our community.
If you or someone you know is experiencing dating violence, reach out to our advocates at The Bridge. You are not alone. We are here for you during every step of your healing journey.
Teen dating violence is a pattern of coercive, intimidating, or manipulative behaviors used to exert power and control over a partner. Often, dating violence can accelerate to a series of abusive behaviors over time. It is vital to catch dating violence early on to reduce the long-term effects often felt by victims. Research shows that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men who experienced rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of dating violence between 11 and 17 years of age. Young women are particularly the most vulnerable and are more likely to suffer long-term behavioral and health effects such as suicide attempts, eating disorders, and drug use.
Relationships looks different to everyone, but all individuals deserve love free from abuse. Identifying the signs of dating violence early on is vital to providing support for survivors during their healing journey.
Common signs of dating violence include:
Dating violence among teens and young adults can violate an individual’s feeling of safety at home, school, and online. If you feel you may be in danger, seek support and remember you are not alone. Developing a safety plan can help relieve some of the impact of dating violence and bring back a sense of hope and safety to your life.
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