Teen dating violence domestic violence
An unhealthy attachment to a boyfriend/girlfriend It’s also important to watch out for the more subtle signs of an unhealthy relationship.
It can be a red flag when a sociable teenager with many friends and interests suddenly starts distancing themselves from friends and family to spend time with a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Segovia was a straight-A Catholic schoolgirl who attended church every Sunday, but she soon stopped attending both church and school shortly after meeting her boyfriend.
She also encourages them to express their feelings. “And they’re allowed to come talk to me about their emotions.” Teach teenagers to break the “girl/boy code” A teenage girl might not feel comfortable telling an adult that her friend is being abused because she doesn’t want to betray her trust.
A teenage boy might think that it’s none of his business if he sees a male friend talk disrespectfully to his girlfriend or hit her.
Teenage abusers use the same methods to control and manipulate their partners, and teenage survivors feel the same anguish and fear as adult women.
The abuse Segovia experienced at the hands of her 17-year-old boyfriend followed a trajectory that adult survivors will find familiar: it started off with verbal abuse. You look like a slut.’ And then it escalated from there,” she said.
RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF POSSIBLE TEEN DATING VIOLENCE Unexplained bruises Segovia played volleyball in school, and dismissed the bruises that often appeared on her face and body as sport injuries.