Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.Victims of teen dating violence are at increased risk of mood and behavior problems as young adults, and at increased risk for future violent relationships, a new study suggests.Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.
Learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
"We need more research to better understand how aggression functions in teen dating relationships."Healthy romantic relationships "are a very important developmental experience for teens," she adds.
"They help them develop a sense of identity, a sense of autonomy.""This study is useful in exploring a range of consequential health outcomes that may be associated with teen dating violence," says Peggy Giordano, a sociologist who studies adolescent development at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
It can happen whether you are young or old, and in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.