Teens mimic behaviors they see on screen, so it is not uncommon for teens to think the unhealthy relationships that are portrayed are normal or just a part of life everyone is subject to deal with.
This belief is amplified if teens are witness to violent, abusive, or unhealthy relationships at home.
Even behaviors that seem small can lead to more serious violence, like physical assault and rape.
Abusers often use physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, harassment, or stalking to control their boyfriend's or girlfriend's behavior. When you interact with a romantic partner, friend, or your child, make sure to show respect and appreciation for that person.
Teenage romantic relationships are more likely to turn violent when: Teens are also sponges – they absorb what they see and hear in the world around them.
Violence in entertainment is everywhere and, unfortunately, has been normalized.
Encourage teens to speak to adults with whom they have an admiration and trust.
Social media is a hotbed of violent and abusive activity, especially for teenagers who are new to relationships and unsure of how to handle their feelings most appropriately.
One in three teenagers – nearly 1.5 Million – in a romantic relationship admits to being in an unhealthy relationship.
Teens (and in some cases pre-teens) are still developing critical emotional and mental maturities that place them at a disadvantage in dealing with the stresses of a romantic relationship.
This leads to an increase in the number of relationships that go south.Dating violence often starts with small acts, like teasing and name-calling.