Strategy Educating teens about abusive relationships helps prevent teen dating violence.
Community Problem Addressed In dating situations, youth test their concepts of masculinity, femininity, respect, mutuality, and communication.
"Domestic violence is about domination, manipulation and control." And abusive behavior often starts when a couple is just dating, she says.
Types of Abuse Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or verbal, says Mary Jo Fay, RN, MSN, author of When Your Perfect Partner Goes Perfectly Wrong.
Early attraction often involves the physical attributes of the partner and include things like outward appearance, body type, interests and personality traits.
At this stage, the attraction may not be too “deep” and each half of a couple is generally putting his or her best foot forward.
Emotional and verbal abuse, date rape and more subtle forms of violence happen to women and girls of all ages.In addition to the signs listed above, here are some signs a friend might be being abused by a partner: A person who is being abused needs someone to hear and believe him or her.Maybe your friend is afraid to tell a parent because that will bring pressure to end the relationship.If you think you're in an abusive relationship, it's time to get out of it.Confide in someone, such as a parent, trusted adult, health provider, or friend.Some stages take longer than others to go through and some people take much longer at each stage.