Teen & Adolescent Awareness
Relationship violence is not an adult-only problem anymore as, in the recent times, more and more teens are speaking up about being in an abusive relationship. From sexual harassment and assault to physical abuse, the types and extent of abusive teen relationships are similar to that of violence in adult relationships.
In most cases, children who grow up in violent homes or adopt the characteristics of their violent role models, become aggressive themselves. It becomes difficult for them to break out of the pattern without intervention and help from family or professionals. Simultaneously, violence and trauma inside the home destroys a child’s personal power, and increases their chances of being victimized by a violent partner.
So What Makes Up a Healthy Relationship?
A healthy relationship is the one in which partners completely respect each other. Both individuals give, receive, and compromise equally. They value each other and try to accept each other as they are without forcing them to change. They support and encourage each other in their goals and ambitions, and give them their space. They communicate openly and without any inhibitions or fear. They feel safe in each other’s presence and take decisions together.
Warning Signs & Red Flags
Jealousy, controlling behavior, quick involvement, unrealistic expectations and dependencies, isolation, blaming, hypersensitivity, cruelty to animals, ‘playful’ use of force during sex, abrupt mood changes, history of violence threats, breaking or throwing objects or “house battering”, and any force during an argument.