Did you know?
• 1 in 3 teens’ reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by their dating partner.
• Violent relationships begin at an average age of 15.
• Dating violence isn’t an argument every once in a while or a bad mood after a bad day. Warning signs can be extreme jealousy and quick involvement in the relationship.
• Dating violence is a pattern of violent behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or a boyfriend.
• Abuse can cause injury and even death, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse, constant insults, isolation from friends and family, name calling, control as well as sexual abuse.
• Females age 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group.
• 50% of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 reports knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
• Physical and sexual abuse against adolescent girls in dating relationships increases the likelihood that the girl will abuse drugs and/or alcohol, develop an eating disorder, consider and/or attempt suicide, engage in risky sexual behavior and/or become pregnant.
Could you be in an abusive dating relationship? Take this little test: Does your partner…
- Embarrass you with bad names & put downs?
- Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
- Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go? Constantly call, text or IM you?
- Stop you from seeing or talking to friends or family?
- Take your money, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?
- Make all the decisions?
- Tell you that you’re a bad person?
- Act like the abuse is no big deal, that it’s your fault or even denies doing it?
- Destroy your property or threaten to hurt your pets?
- Intimidate you with weapons?
- Shove, slap or hit you?
- Force, or coerce you to have sex?
- Threaten to break up with you?
If you checked even one of these items, you may be in an abusive dating relationship. If you need to talk call Dee Vickery @ Off the Beaten Path Ministries, Inc. (325) 372-3276.