Unfortunately, this has resulted in an unfortunate number of teens who experience teen dating violence in a romantic relationship.
Each year, one in ten teenagers reports being the victim of teen dating violence.
A conviction of a teen dating violence offense in California can have serious long-term consequences.
Different people in your teen’s life (teachers, coaches, friends and other family members) may each notice warning signs in your teen and their dating partner.Alarmingly, research indicates that only 33% of teens in abusive relationships have reported their experiences to anyone.Of those teen survivors, 3% of teens in abusive relationships reported the abuse to authority figures and 6% told family members. Studies show that teens experiencing abuse are more likely to smoke or use drugs, take diet pills/laxatives, engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Teens experiencing abuse are usually silent about their experience; often, teens blame themselves or normalize abusive behaviors as typical.Dating violence can be emotional, physical, or both.
Some people believe that emotional abuse isn’t as serious as physical abuse, but this isn’t true.According to national research, 1 out of 3 teens report knowing friends or peers who have experienced dating abuse.