TDV may include sexual violence including any kind of unwanted or forced sexual contact.
Sexual control may also include reproductive coercion where an abuser sabotages his partner’s birth control, forces pregnancy and/or determines the outcome of the victim’s pregnancies.
The Teen Power and Control Wheel visually depicts the range of strategies that an abuser may use to gain and maintain power over a dating partner.
Here are some facts from the Center for Disease control about the prevalence of teen dating violence in the United States: Since many teens are confronted by dating violence dynamics, you can contribute to the health of your child’s relationship by recognizing the early warning signs of abuse.
Kids who are being abused by a partner may: If you see these red flags in your teen’s relationship, it’s important that you speak up and let them know you’re concerned.
We have more information on talking to your kid about teen dating violence .
In this page we use “dating” as an inclusive term covering the range of adolescent romantic relationships ranging from casual, episodic encounters to longer-term, committed relationships. TDV can include physical abuse—things like hitting, pushing, slapping, or strangling a dating partner.
It may also include emotional or verbal abuse, behaviors like name-calling or insults.
Emotional abuse may include isolating a dating partner by trying to control the time they spend with friends and family, limiting the activities someone is involved in, or humiliating a dating partner through social sabotage.Sometimes abusers use technology—texting, calls, instant messages, or social networking sites—to check up on a partner and try to control their behavior. According to the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, teen dating violence (TDV) is a pattern of behavior that someone uses to gain control over his or her dating partner.It is also important to note that “dating” is a term that adults tend to use to identify romantic relationships between young people; accordingly, that’s the term that we use in describing these dynamics on this page.However, teens use a range of terms to characterize their romantic relationships; common terms include—hanging out, hooking up, going out, crushing, flirting, seeing, etc.Try not to let the differences in language keep you from being on the same page in talking with your kids about these relationships.