Violence in entertainment is everywhere and, unfortunately, has been normalized.Teens mimic behaviors they see on screen, so it is not uncommon for teens to think the unhealthy relationships that are portrayed are normal or just a part of life everyone is subject to deal with.Dating is an inevitable part of life that many experience for the first time as a teenager.Healthy relationships, however, require hard work, communication, and a level of maturity that may not be present in teens.(pdf) If your boyfriend or girlfriend is making you feel uncomfortable or doing things that don’t feel okay, you are not alone.Verbal, physical, and sexual violence are common in teen relationships, but no one deserves to be treated poorly and there are ways to get help.These include: Teens who are in violent or abusive relationships are also more likely to be in unhealthy or abusive relationships later in life.Many domestic abusers report having been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused as a child or teenager.
Teens (and in some cases pre-teens) are still developing critical emotional and mental maturities that place them at a disadvantage in dealing with the stresses of a romantic relationship.
Nearly 25% of teenage girls are estimated to have been in an abusive relationship.
In fact, girls between 16 and 24 are as likely than any other demographic to be abused by a boyfriend or other intimate partner.
Encourage a line of communication that doesn’t have strings or punishments attached.
Abuse in teenage relationships can cause serious problems down the road, so it is incredibly important to leave lines of communication open to stop issues before they may start.