Teen Dating Violence: Can You Spot the Warning Signs of Abuse?

Definitely something that never hurts to think about when you get into a new relationship.

Free Spirit Publishing Blog

By Liz Bergren

Teen Dating Violence: Can You Spot the Warning Signs of Abuse?Entering a romantic relationship for the first time is an adolescent rite of passage. We get thrown into the complexities of what it means to love and be loved, touched, and potentially hurt and/or rejected. Our early romantic relationships can help shape and influence the success of our relationships in adulthood. As we learn to relate to others, we learn skills such as self-awareness, communication, conflict resolution, and intimacy. Healthy relationships can teach us positive lessons and bring us opportunities for personal growth. Sometimes a teen’s desire to be in a relationship blinds him or her to unhealthy behavior—both his or her own and/or that of the other person—and this can sometimes lead to abuse. As someone who works with teens, I know firsthand that early intervention by adults plays a crucial role in preventing potential long-term physical or emotional damage.

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