We wanted to shed a light on dating abuse as February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.There are a lot of similarities between teen dating abuse and domestic violence, but there are also quite a few differences.Don’t confuse group dating with double-dating or triple-dating.
Teen dating abuse can be as serious and scary as violence within an adult relationship.The abuse faced by teens can manifest itself in a variety of forms including physical, verbal and digital.The site features an online chat run by peer advocates from the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and can provide intervention via phone at 1-877-331-9474 or through text at 77054 or through their online chat.Dating customs have changed since you were a teenager.The recent trend among early adolescents is for boys and girls to socialize as part of a group.
They march off en masse to the mall or to the movies, or join a gang tossing a Frisbee on the beach.
Teens that are new to dating may have unrealistic or unhealthy expectations.
If teens don’t feel that they have strong models of healthy relationships to look up to, they may look to popular culture to learn what a relationship should look like.
” They are also genuinely curious about their parents’ courtship and marriage (“Mom, did you fall in love with Dad at first sight?
”) and, if applicable, divorce (“Dad, how can two people love each other for years and years, then stop being in love? Having an imperfect romantic résumé yourself does not disqualify you from initiating this conversation.
This affects not only how teens perceive their own relationships, but also the type of advice that they give to their friends.