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Teen Relationship Abuse by Mollie Shaw and Jenna Grainer

Teen relationship abuse is at an epidemic stage across the country.

ABUSE HOTLINE 1-800-342-3720

You can find statistics and warning signs at this website: http://www.safenetwork.org/TeenRelationshipAbuseCVT24.htm

Watch this video to understand more about this topic: http://www.cbs.com/cbs_evening_news/video/?pid=QtJVDD4XqYfFuDVkLmygxdD4dbwDcc61

One third of high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.

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Only33% of these teens ever told anyone about being abused

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Why do teens stay in abusive relationships?
Abusive relationships don’t begin with violence. Often there are signs early on, like jealousy and possessiveness. Unfortunately, these signs may be interpreted as affection. By the time violence starts, the victim may be too emotionally involved to think of leaving right away. The victim could be in denial that the relationship is abusive or be too afraid to leave. Sometimes victims blame themselves and try to be a “better” partner.


About 40% of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
Out of 100 domestic violence cases 40 of them consist of a man being the one who is getting abused in the relationship.

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Nearly 80% of girls who have been victims of physical abuse in their dating relationships continue to date the abuser. Six out of ten rapes of young women occur in their own home or a friend or relative's home.
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What Is Abuse?
Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Slapping, hitting, and kicking are forms of physical abuse that can occur in relationships.
Emotional abuse (stuff like teasing, bullying, and humiliating others) can be difficult to recognize because it doesn't leave any visible scars. Threats, intimidation, putdowns, and betrayal are all harmful forms of emotional abuse that can really hurt — not just during the time it's happening, but long after too.
Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, guy or girl. It's never right to be forced into any type of sexual experience that you don't want.
The first step in getting out of an abusive relationship is to realize that you have the right to be treated with respect and not be physically or emotionally harmed by another person.


Teen dating violence is influenced by how teenagers look at themselves and others.

Young men may believe:

  • they have the right to "control" their female partners in any way necessary.
  • "masculinity" is physical aggressiveness
  • they "possess" their partner.
  • they should demand intimacy.
  • they may lose respect if they are attentive and supportive toward their girlfriends.

Young women may believe:
  • they are responsible for solving problems in their relationships
  • their boyfriend's jealousy, possessiveness and even physical abuse, is "romantic."
  • abuse is "normal" because their friends are also being abused.
  • there is no one to ask for help.

Some early warning sign of an abuse reltationship include:

  • Extreme jealousy
  • Controlling behavior
  • Quick involvement
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Explosive anger
  • Isolates you from friends and family
  • Uses force during an argument
  • Shows hypersensitivity
  • Believes in rigid sex roles
  • Blames others for his problems or feelings
  • Cruel to animals or children
  • Verbally abusive
  • Abused former partners
  • Threatens violence


Teenagers can choose better relationships when they learn to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship, understand that they have choices, and believe they are valuable people who deserve to be treated with respect.

80% of teens believe verbal abuse is a serious issue for their age group.

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