Ask if they would be more comfortable talking with someone else, such as a counselor, coach, friend or another trusted person. Most teens find it helpful to have added support when facing this kind of danger or intimidation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing teen dating abuse; consider the following: In case of an emergency, call 911.
While abuse often occurs as a pattern of controlling behavior, a single episode of abuse is cause for concern.
Information for parents can be found in our downloadable brochure or by contacting our Training Coordinator at It is important for parent(s) to know whom your teens are dating and to talk with them about healthy relationships.
Now, however, psychological abuse is understood as a separate and distinct form of abuse.
Researchers (Dutton, Goodman and Bennett 2001, 180) have confirmed that psychological abuse is a common and significant form of interpersonal violence in terms of its frequency, and its short and long-term effects (Tomison and Tucci 1997).
It includes threats of harm or abandonment, humiliation, deprivation of contact, isolation and other psychologically abusive tactics and behaviours.
A variety of terms are used interchangeably with psychological abuse, including emotional abuse, verbal abuse, mental cruelty, intimate terrorism and psychological aggression.
One winter day during my junior year, I found out that he had cheated on me again. He became enraged as I walked away to my class but he didn't follow me. In that moment, I had two choices: I could either sit there and continue to be belittled in front of everyone because he wasn't going to leave, and nobody else was going to say or do anything, or I could walk out and be shamed anyway because I had given into his threats. As we walked down the hall, he spit in my face, pulled my necklace off my neck, threw it in the trashcan and he threw me up against the lockers. Mine is a story of emotional, psychological, and physical abuse.There is no simple definition of psychological abuse.Generally, researchers and front line service providers define it as the systemic destruction of a person's self-esteem and/or sense of safety, often occurring in relationships where there are differences in power and control (Follingstand and Dehart 2000).Many relationships, however, are not safe and can lead to real emotional and physical consequences for those individuals in the relationship and those around them.But how do we differentiate between what is “safe” and “unsafe” when it comes to dating?