Know the Warning Signs for an Abusive Relationship
Teen dating abuse describes actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, psychological, and verbal harm by a partner, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone wanting a romantic relationship. It includes violence between two young people in a current or former relationship and can occur among heterosexual or same-gender couples. It can also include using the Internet, social networking sites, cell phones, or text messaging to harass, pressure, or victimize. Teenagers may be experiencing a variety of physical and emotional changes during this period, so it would not be surprising to see some changes in your child's behavior or personality. However, certain changes may indicate that your son or daughter is in an unhealthy relationship. This fact sheet outlines some of the changes that may be warning signs of an abusive relationship and suggests what you can do to help. Modified Author Abstract.