We wanted to shed a light on dating abuse as February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
There are a lot of similarities between teen dating abuse and domestic violence, but there are also quite a few differences.
Teen dating abuse can be as serious and scary as violence within an adult relationship.
The abuse faced by teens can manifest itself in a variety of forms including physical, verbal and digital.
It’s difficult for teens to get away from their abusive partners.The site features an online chat run by peer advocates from the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and can provide intervention via phone at 1-877-331-9474 or through text at 77054 or through their online chat.The two terms, domestic violence and domestic abuse are often used synonymously.The partner can withhold the finances, and thereby, restrict the woman’s independence in any way possible.Domestic violence, on the other hand, has a more overt connotation to it.Teens may not drive, may not have a vehicle or may be limited in where they are allowed to drive.They often attend the same school as their abuser, so it’s difficult to avoid seeing their partner daily.They may share a friend group with their abuser, so it’s hard for them to know who they can trust.Because of these difficulties, teens sometimes feel like it’s impossible to end the relationship or to get away from their abuser.And it is perfectly alright to do so, since both of these terms have grown to cover overlapping areas, as each of these terms have been defined more accurately by law, in order to make the laws more effective, and more inclusive of uncommon situations.There are, however, subtle differences between domestic abuse and domestic violence, even if they may exist for the sake of literary beautification.