Teen Dating Violence
Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of abusive, aggressive and controlling behavior in a romantic relationship. These behaviors can take many forms and can include financial, physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The abuse usually increases and the violence worsens over time. Although many of these behaviors, such as extreme jealousy and possessiveness, are sometimes thought to be normal, don’t be fooled!
Recognizing the abuse and putting a stop to it in a relationship can be difficult. Key warning signs of abusive behavior can include:
- Extreme jealousy
- Limiting your time with friends or family
- Guilt Trips
- Demanding sex or affection
- Threats of physical violence
- Unequal power balance
Everyone has a right to a safe and healthy relationship, free from violence and fear. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you have been dating a person: love should not hurt your body, your mind OR your heart! Tri-Valley Haven is here to help.
While all relationships are unique, we consider healthy relationships to share positive qualities that are mutually beneficial to each partner.
Healthy partnerships are often based on:
- Fulfillment: Your partner brings out the best in you and allows you to be yourself.
- Communication: You and your partner can communicate openly without fear of being judged.
- Personal Freedom: Neither person tries to control the other.
- Acceptance and trust: Partners support and accept each other mutually for who they are, no matter the faults or strengths that each partner may possess.