Essay On Teen Dating Violence

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Teen Dating Violence.
With the recent increase in domestic violence #trending on social media, and in the news, I think that now is a good time to talk a little bit about TeenDV, or teen dating violence.
There is this old saying, “Love Hurts”. The truth is, love shouldn’t hurt. It does not matter to me if we are talking about “true love” or “puppy love”. It just, plain and simple, should not hurt.
As always, you guys know that this is not a comprehensive list, but a good place to start, when it comes to teen dating violence and knowing the warning signs to watch out for.
1. Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission – This is very controlling behavior. While I do believe that parents have the “right” to invade a teen’s privacy, especially if they believe safety is a concern, this does not apply to boyfriends/girlfriends.
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How he/she talks to your teen – Belittling and put-downs are an obvious sign. However, also notice if your teen is being ASKED to do something, or TOLD to do something. There is a difference. Does your typically social, opinionated, and outgoing teen, become meek and quiet around their significant other? This may be a sign of teen dating violence and manipulation.
5. Jealousy – We’ve all been there. Insecurities get the best of us and we get jealous from time to time. It happens. However, when jealousy goes too far, teen dating violence is just a heartbeat away. Accusations of cheating, the demand for constant communication and check-ins, isolation from friends & family, social network stalking, these should all make that little red light in your brain start blinking. Again, parents trust your instincts. If you’re wrong you can always apologize. If you’re right, you could save your teen a lot of pain and suffering.
LoveIsRespect.org has some startling statistics when it comes to teen dating violence: “Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single

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