Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teenager's emotional development, while unhealthy, abusive or violent relationships can cause both short- and long-term negative effects on the individual's development into adulthood.Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or emotional violence within a dating relationship.
Dating violence is a significant problem among adolescents.
Its nature can be physical (a partner is pinched, hit, shoved, or kicked), emotional (threatening a partner or harming his or her sense of self-worth), or sexual (forcing a partner to engage in a sexual activity when he or she does not or cannot consent).
Dating violence can occur in both casual dating situations and serious, long-term relationships.
Domestic violence affects every member of the family.
Children and teenagers who witness family violence are affected in ways similar to those who are physically abused.