Teen age dating violence
It is a way of controlling another person, and even abuse that doesn't leave physical marks can have profound emotional consequences and put the person being abused in danger.
I was the girl who would say with pride that I would never let anyone, especially a boyfriend, hit me. He opened up to me immediately sharing the struggles with his family life growing up. He told me how his father was abusive to his mother and he hated him for it.The same is true for youth who were primarily victimized in their dating relationships.Youth who reported any sort of victimization reported more trauma-related distress symptoms, even if they were also aggressive.We never discussed it beyond the general basics most children learn, no one is allowed to physically harm you, make sure you tell us if you are being bullied, and never bully or physically hurt anyone else.Abuse in relationships was not a topic of conversation because it did not need to be.