Teen dating violence and personal stories
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Unexplained injuries, such as bruises Extreme behaviors, such as excessive crying, truancy or running away Poor hygiene and unsuitable clothing Excessive fear of parent(s), caregiver(s) or going home Depression or excessive crying Poor peer relationships or inability to relate to children of the same age Sudden change in behavior Constant hunger, tiredness or lack of energy Attention-seeking behaviors Any act that causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to a teen by an individual who is in a current or former dating relationship with that teen.
Teen dating abuse may be physical, sexual, financial, verbal or emotional in nature.
Most adults want to help but are unsure of how to get involved.
If you think a child is being abused or neglected, you should report it as soon as you become aware of it.
While abuse often occurs as a pattern of controlling behavior, a single episode of abuse is cause for concern.