Abuse isn’t always limited to being physical alone and any sort of abuse in a relationship is an instant deal breaker.

Domestic violence can include physical, emotional, sexual, economic and psychological abuse.

The 11 facts you want are below, and the sources for the facts are at the very bottom of the page.

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Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.

It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.

Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.

Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.

Physical: Hitting, kicking, pushing, punching, slapping, choking, grabbing, throwing objects at a partner, threatening with a weapon, driving recklessly with partner in a car and/or refusing to help a sick partner.

Emotional: Constant criticism, making humiliating remarks, name-calling, mocking, yelling, swearing, making victim think she is crazy, making victim feel guilty and/or making impossible rules and punishing victim for breaking these rules.

Long term exposure to an abusive relationship can lead to severe psychological and social problems for the child.

Some studies also say that boys who grow up in an abusive environment are likely to become abusers as well but this is not true in all cases.

No one has the right to interfere with someone’s right to say no.

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.

From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life.