Dangerous dating helping young women say no to abusive relationships
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Anyone, of any age or gender, can become a victim of dating and relationship violence and dating violence is reported in both heterosexual and same-sex couples.
Dating violence includes both direct acts of violence and abuse, as well as indirect violence and abuse such threatening to harm the victim or threatening to harm someone or something they care about (siblings, pets, possessions, etc.) Both direct and indirect violence and abuse serve to intimidate and control the victim.
An abuser may directly tell their partner they may not socialize with someone, or the abuser may become so unpleasant when their victim spends time with others that eventually the victim "chooses" not to spend time with other people.
For instance, an abuser may demand the victim always tell them where they are, and may insist upon an immediate response to their phone calls, texts, and other communications while they are with other people.
Parents should make certain their youth (both boys and girls) have a clear understanding of what behaviors are completely unacceptable in any relationship.
Abusive partners will usually try to isolate victims from their friends and family in order to avoid detection, and to gain greater power and control over their victims.
Abusers employ many methods to isolate victims, some very subtle.
There are several warning signs parents should pay attention to that could indicate that their adolescent may be a victim of dating violence.
Any unexplainable bruises, cuts, abrasions, or other injuries can indicate a youth is experiencing some form of physical violence.