What Are the Early Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence?

What Are the Early Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence?

Researchers who study teen dating violence have identified several early warning signs that a dating relationship might be likely to turn violent. These warning signs do not mean a relationship will definitely turn violent. However, if you notice several of them in your relationship or partner, you may need to reevaluate your dating relationship. These warning signs include: Excessive jealousy. Constant checking in with you or making you check in with him or her. Attempts to isolate you from friends and family. Insulting or putting down people that you care about. Is too serious about the relationship too quickly. Has had a lot of bad prior relationships – and blames all of the problems on the previous partners. Is very controlling. This may include giving you orders, telling you what to wear, and trying to make all of the decisions for you. Blames you when he or she treats you badly by telling you all of the ways you provoked him or her. Does not take responsibility for own actions. Has an explosive temper (“blows up” a lot). Pressures you into sexual activity with which you are not comfortable. Has a history of fighting, hurting animals, or brags about mistreating other people. Believes strongly in stereotypical gender roles for males and females. You worry about how your partner will react to the things you say or you are afraid of provoking your partner. Owns or uses weapons. Refuses to let you to end the relationship.   What can you do if you notice these signs in your relationship? Trust your intuition! If you believe there may be a problem...