Signs of physical dating abuse
Sadly, at least one in ten Indiana teens are experiencing broken hearts and bruises in violent relationships.Parents need to know how to support healthy teen dating relationships and the warning signs of abuse. Although 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, nearly 60% of parents could not identify all the signs of abuse.
February is also teen dating violence awareness month.Jennifer Gómez never forgot about her high school boyfriend after graduation.He haunted her in nightmares even after she moved away and changed her name. "He hadn’t realized, for all these years, everything he’d done to me.Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. Anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence.
It can happen to people who are married, living together or who are dating.
Intimate Partner Violence includes “physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive tactics) by a current or former partner.