In fact, statistics show that one-in-three teenagers have experienced teenage domestic violence in a dating relationship.
Dating violence is violence that occurs within a dating relationship rather than, say, marriage; and dating violence is as much a problem for teenagers as it is for adults.Remember, the abuse is never your fault, and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. Find healthy relationship and dating abuse handouts, resources, and more here.Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, help is available. She had a hair appointment and didn't want to be late, so she decided to go, leaving the behind the boyfriend who was supposed to go with her, but was running behind. ' And I told him 'I left, I didn't want to miss my hair appointment waiting on you.' And he was like, 'you're stupid.' He called me a bitch," she said. She said she took a break from him for a few days, but they got back together.The yelling, the threatening text messages, the hitting went on for months. "He slammed me on the ground and was like get in the car," Harris said.Shereka Dunston with the Durham Crisis Response Center said parents can make a difference in protecting their children."It's really important for parents to talk to their kids honestly and have conversations.Harris's mother said her daughter witnessed control and arguing growing up, and that's perhaps why she didn't speak up sooner."So Kayla has always grown up seeing us argue and fight and the name-calling, which I felt like that's why her antenna's weren't up," Shameka Michelle said.Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.