When people hear the word domestic violence images of married women comes into the mind. It is rare that images of the high school football player nor the spirited cheerleader come to mind. However, this is the case across high schools in the United States. More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year(http://www.breakthecycle.org). Teen domestic violence is similar to adult domestic violence but can be hard for parents to detect. Teen domestic violence can happen to teens from all walks of life . It does not matter their parent economic status, race, social, and/or academic abilities. The following or types of key abuse that is normal used in teen relationships.
Emotional/verbal Abuse- This is considered calling one names, making fun of them in public settings or around their peers, yelling and screaming. Verbal abuse could also include the abusive making threats that they are going to harm theirself or others if the couple separate. For example, if you break up with me I will commit suicide. Other examples of verbal abuse is the abuser constantly checking and monitoring social medias accounts, phone calls, and accusing their girlfriend of cheating. Some abuse come in the form not allowing girlfriend to wear certain clothes or makeup that would enhance her beauty
Physical Abuse- this includes hitting, pushing, slapping, grabbing or using weapons to harm or intimidate.
In young relationships it is difficult to understand what is considered healthy relationships. Many teens believe it is normal for their boyfriend/girlfriend to be jealous and thinks it is “cute”. Some teens feel that the abuse is a sign of true love. Like all abuse it could turn dangerous and deadly quickly. It is important to talk to our children starting at a young age what is consider healthy relationships and what an unhealthy relationship.