Article on dating abuse
“Females are just as clingy and abusive as men,” says Hunter.
Also important to keep in mind: same-sex relationships are not immune from abuse.
Or is it an act of control to isolate a victim from friends?
“You can see the partner grab their hand in that way,” says New York college student Trendha Hunter, a member of loveisrespect’s teen advisory board.
“You have this unique and powerful connection to students that not a lot of other adults do,” Colomé says.
“There is a lot of pressuring for nude pics, or pressure to give up your passwords for all of your social media.
Our definition should include not only physical abuse, but also sexual, verbal and emotional, and digital abuses.
“It can appear in a lot of different ways,” warns Colomé.
It's important for parents to know the statistics, the signs that your teen's partner is an abuser, what the cycle of abuse in a relationship looks like, and what to look for if you think your teen is being abused.
Educated parents can help to stop this epidemic of abuse in teen relationships.
Digital dating abuse is an emerging form of dating violence thought to have serious health effects on young people.