Dating violence and abuse
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.
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.
This is why responses like jealousy and control can sometimes enter and taint a relationship with violence, according to Help Guide.
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Teens are only just beginning to understand what being in a relationship means.
Violence in teen dating may be more widespread than you think.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in four adolescents experiences some type of abuse from a partner each year.
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