Violence that occurs during the course of a dating relationship can be committed against both males and females and exist within both heterosexual as well as same sex relationships.
TDV like bullying can take place in person, or via social media creating additional distress as the victim feels unable to escape the abuse.
Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
It can happen between married people, to a couple who lives together or apart, or to a same-sex couple. If you are in a same-sex relationship, many signs of domestic violence are the same as other people in an abusive relationship.
Your partner may hit you, try to control you, or force you to have sex.
Women affected by intimate partner violence are also more likely to use drugs or alcohol to cope. Women who live in a home with guns are five times more likely to be killed.1 Researchers think women who identify as something other than straight or cisgender (people whose biological sex matches their gender identity) may experience higher levels of domestic violence.
But there is not yet enough research on all types of gender and sexual minority women to know for sure.
Unhealthy dating relationships formed in adolescence can create a false sense of what it means to be in a relationship, e.g., how to communicate in a relationship, build and sustain trust, agree to disagree, manage conflicts, etc.
Healthy coping skills that are not present or developed in early dating relationships can become reinforced over time making healthy adult relationships difficult to attain and sustain.
But you may also experience additional signs of abuse, including: If you are the victim of domestic violence, know that you are not alone.
There are people who want to help you and who are trained to respond.
Teen dating violence can negatively influence the development of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and identity as youth grow into adulthood.