The rise of dating violence
This emotionally abusive behavior is typically coupled with physical acts of aggression.Teen victims are pulled into the cycle of violence because after every violent incident the abuser charms his way back into their good graces by promising that the violence will never happen again.Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.The 24-hour service is available at at 1-866-331-9474, or by texting "loveis" to 22522.
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Teens do not have the foresight to see this as manipulative and controlling behavior and are frightened and confused with few places to turn for help.
But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear.
One big question: Are boys and girls really equally at risk to become victims or abusers?