In a 2014 survey, found that 57 percent of the teens and young adults surveyed have been concerned about their relationship for more than six months: 73 percent reported having experienced emotional abuse, 29 percent reported physical abuse, 22 percent reported sexual abuse and 19 percent reported digital abuse.Even attentive parents can miss the signs of dating violence, and victims are often reluctant to divulge the details of their intimate relationships with their families.This may be done by sending excessive texts or messages, social media stalking, demanding to know account passwords, or dictating who a partner is able to communicate with on social media.Some abusers may pressure their partner to engage in sexting activity and use the pictures as blackmail to force their partner to do something they would not normally do, something they do not want to do, or as a way to keep their partner from breaking up with them.Physical and sexual abuse are the most common forms of dating violence; however, digital abuse is also recognized as a form of dating violence.
What’s more, while 67% of parents believe they know what is occurring in their children’s intimate/dating relationships, only 51% of teens believed their parents knew “a lot” or “everything” about their relationship.
The proof is on a list Fischer keeps, with names and numbers of more than 50 Washington students who've asked for her help since she started speaking in local health classes last September."A good chunk of them will call because they are worried about a friend," she said.
"Usually, when they want to talk it's because of something physically happening or they have questions like, ' Does this count as abuse?
Teen dating violence is a pattern of behavior and tactics in which one person uses threats or acts of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse to control, intimidate, and/or scare his or her partner.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between current or former dating partners. Teens may find themselves in dating violence situations because they are desensitized to violence: From witnessing domestic abuse in their personal lives, a lack of personal mentorship and positive role models, the influence of peers, and/or the normalization of violence in pop culture/media at large.