A pattern of put-downs, name-calling, yelling, or threats leveled against a dating partner.
Abusers use words to gain power and control over their victim, often damaging their partner’s self-esteem and emotional health.
Respondents reported experiencing the following within the past year: [note 1],[note 4] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Surveillance Summaries: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2013 (pdf, 172 pages).
“Prevalence of Partner Violence in Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships in a National Sample of Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health 35 (August 2004): 124-131.
Statistics show that 72% of students in 8th and 9th grades are in dating relationships.
Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
They feel flattered that the abuser wants them all to himself and don’t realize until later the psychological damage inflicted by this behavior.