This is because of the emotional/physical maturity of teens, and the resources they have available to them.For example, teens may be less likely to experience financial abuse.When an abuser has low self-esteem, he may seek to control his partner's behavior since he doesn't feel worthy enough that she'll be faithful.
If something makes you uncomfortable, scared or threatened, you could be experiencing the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.
It’s important that both you and your partner agree on a definition for your relationship.
Teens are fairly new to relationships and society, and will sometimes exhibit the same behaviors prevalent in their homes.
Teens may often feel pressured to present a certain image to their violent friends, which can sometimes become the cause of teen dating violence, notes the CDC.
However, often violence that happens between dating teens is viewed/addressed differently than abuse in a relationship between two cohabitating or intimately involved adults.
This does not mean teen dating violence is less dangerous or serious in nature; it recognizes that what teens experience as abuse may differ from what their older counter-parts experience.
A teenager who hangs out with a tough group of friends may feel as though he needs to make an example of how well he can control his girlfriend by humiliating her or physically abusing her in front of friends.
Teens still have immature emotions and are not yet well equipped to deal with something as adult as a romantic relationship.
Teens are only just beginning to understand what being in a relationship means.
Because of their inexperience, dating abuse can be seen as acceptable with nothing else to compare the behavior to, notes the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Dating Abuse (like domestic violence) is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.