Over 1/3 of high school boys and girls report being physically harmed by a dating partner in the last year. Unfortunately, only 33% of those experiencing abuse will tell anyone about the abuse. Domestic Violence is difficult at any age, but for teens just beginning to navigate relationships, it may be hard to spot abusive behaviors. Here are some simple questions you can share with teens.
Are you frightened by your partner's temper?
Are you afraid to disagree with your partner?
Are you constantly frightened by your partner's behavior, especially when they have treated you badly?
Do you have to justify every place you go, everything you do?
Does your partner constantly put down?
Are you afraid to break up with your partner because they have threatened to hurt themselves?
Do you find yourself changing your behavior out of fear or to avoid a fight?
If one or more of these questions applies to your relationship, you may be in an abusive relationship. You can reach out to a trusted adult, school counselor, or reach out to a domestic violence agency.
Violence Prevention Center's 24-hour Hotline - 618-236-2531
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233