What is teen dating violence?
It is violence or the threat of violence in a dating relationship. This violence can be sexual, physical, verbal or emotional, or a combination of these.
What does teen dating violence look like?
- Checking your cell phone or social networking account (such as facebook, myspace, etc.) without permission
- Constant put-downs/name-calling
- Extreme jealousy or insecurity
- Explosive temper
- Financial control
- Isolating you from family or friends
- Mood swings
- Physically hurting you in any way
- Controlling you
- Telling you what to do
Check out this helpful fact sheet: Teens, Technology & Social Media – Tips for Good Boundaries & Staying Safe.
Not sure if your relationship is healthy? Check out these helpful resources from Break the Cycle, including Types of Abuse and the Power and Control wheel.
What to do if you think you are experiencing teen dating violence:
Reach out. Call WEAVE’s 24-hour Support and Information Line 916.920.2952 and call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
Talk to Someone:
Group and individual counseling covers topics such as healthy relationships, abusive relationships, the impact of media messages on teens, and learning assertive communication. For teens 14 and older parent permission is not required, but preferred.