“For example, demanding to know where someone is at all times, touching or pinching parts of someone's body in public when they’ve made it clear it’s unwanted, or controlling what type of clothes someone wears—these are all abusive behaviors that violate someone’s boundaries.” The laws about sexual violence and dating violence vary by state and situation.
The following information is not a legal guide or an exhaustive list—rather it’s a general list of early warning signs for behaviors that are, or could become, violent.
For example, teenage men may believe: And while all of those beliefs can also be seen in adults, they are likely more prevalent in teens.
There are many warning signs of dating abuse and they should always be taken seriously.
A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.
Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.
Feature Article Stephanie Mc Ghee, former Graduate Student, Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri Researchers who study teen dating violence have identified several early warning signs that a dating relationship might be likely to turn violent.
These warning signs do not mean a relationship will definitely turn violent.
While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive.An alarming number of teenage girls are being controlled or abused by their boyfriends by the time they graduate from high school.As a parent, you must know the signs of abuse in order to stop it. Jill Murray's warning signs can help you prevent your daughter from being a victim.
Sources: Eastside Domestic Violence Program (2006).