Why and how does dating violence happen
A teenager who hangs out with a tough group of friends may feel as though he needs to make an example of how well he can control his girlfriend by humiliating her or physically abusing her in front of friends.
Teens still have immature emotions and are not yet well equipped to deal with something as adult as a romantic relationship.
Some of the most dangerous youth are those who expect their dates to meet all of their emotional and social needs.
Valentine’s Day and other holidays or special occasions present increased risk largely due to increased consumption of alcohol.Teens are fairly new to relationships and society, and will sometimes exhibit the same behaviors prevalent in their homes.Teens may often feel pressured to present a certain image to their violent friends, which can sometimes become the cause of teen dating violence, notes the CDC.Some teens become violent or abusive to exert power and control over a dating partner.
February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to provide teens, their parents, educators and friends information and resources to recognize and prevent teen dating violence. Hamby, Ph D, is a research associate professor at Sewanee, the University of the South, and a research associate with the University of New Hampshire Crimes against Children Research Center.Welcome to Do Something.org, a global movement of 5.5 million young people making positive change, online and off!