A survey found that more than one of every three middle-school students has been a victim of this type of psychological dating violence.Teens who are victims of dating violence are more likely to have problems with school, substance abuse, depression and social experiences, according to a recent study. The AAP urges parents to talk to their children about healthy relationships in middle school, before dating starts.Statistics tell us that most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24.What’s more, many victims of domestic violence report having been first abused between the ages of 11 and 17.The best solution is prevention, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). They often have an explosive temper, are jealous, put their partner down, isolate their date from friends and families, make false accusations, have mood swings, seem possessive or bossy, and will pressure their date to do things against his or her will.Jealous partners might text, call or email constantly or ask for their partner's passwords and look over their date's shoulder to view who is sending messages.
They’ve been dating for a few months now and the girlfriend has stopped wearing makeup because he doesn’t want her attracting the attention of any other guys in the school. They’re more formless and cover more of her arms and legs than what she used to wear.
When we remain unaware that dating violence is a teen issue, we miss the very root of the problem.
Another scary fact tells us that violent behaviors within a dating relationship are occurring at earlier and earlier ages as younger and younger children start dating.
A hotline is available, as well as a website that offers solutions on how to handle abusive teen dating relationships.
For details, call 866-331-9474, text "loveis" to 22522 or visit