Unfortunately, without help, the violence will only get worse.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered teens are just as at risk for abuse in their relationships as anyone else.
Abusive relationships have good times and bad times.
Recognizing abuse in a relationship is difficult, but especially for teens.
There are many types of abuse that teens often believe are not abusive or are normal in a relationship.
However, dating can also be stressful, and communication with a girlfriend or boyfriend can be difficult.
Some teens find themselves in relationships where violence/abuse (emotional, physical, or both) is present.
Even when teens recognize that they are being abused, they may hesitate to turn to adults for support, understanding, and protection.
In a 2014 survey, 20% of teens report they've been the victim or perpetrator of physical or sexual abuse.
Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.
It can help us learn communication skills and can help us determine what we are looking for in a partner.
I commend them.” —Vice President Joe Biden Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.