Dating Violence and Adolescents

Some adolescents get involved in unhealthy dating relationships. About one in ten adolescents have been hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon on purpose by someone they were dating.1 Controlling and demanding behaviors often happen before violence occurs. For example, one partner may tell another what to wear and with whom to spend time.2Over time, controlling and demanding behavior may become increasingly violent, and that violence can have negative effects on physical and mental health throughout life (including depression, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts).3, 4, 5Adults can help by paying attention and talking to adolescents about how to build healthy, respectful relationships.6

Source: Dating Violence and Adolescents

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