Violence in teen dating relationships
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, help is available.
By: JM Oran A tender smile crosses Kimberly Segovia’s face when she checks her smartphone and notices a text message from her fiancé.
The abuse Segovia experienced at the hands of her 17-year-old boyfriend followed a trajectory that adult survivors will find familiar: it started off with verbal abuse. You look like a slut.’ And then it escalated from there,” she said.
The physical violence began when her boyfriend picked her up from school one hot summer day and found her in a strapless dress. Soon thereafter, her boyfriend attempted to isolate her from friends and family and, if he didn’t succeed, he would drag her away at gunpoint.
Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) TTY: 1-800-787-3224 Provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.
Callers can expect highly trained, experienced victim service advocates offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages.
YWCA Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) 1-800-773-8570 Provides complete, free and confidential rape crisis victim service to sexual assault survivors aged 12 and older and their non-offending family members, friends and partners throughout the State of Delaware.Dating abuse (also known as dating violence, intimate partner violence, or relationship abuse) is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.