Domestic violence is an epidemic that needs to be addressed across diverse facets of the globe. Left unchecked, domestic violence can cause unnecessary trauma and drama in a relationship, leaving someone in the relationship victimized by an abuser.
But while domestic violence is often considered to be an adult couples’ problem, many teen couples around the world are experiencing the same problem every day. Hence, the recent popularity of domestic violence literature for teens and adults.
Domestic violence can manifest in diverse ways – from incessant jealousy to obsessive neediness and even violence. The adverse effects of domestic abuse are bad enough in adult couples, but with teen couples, the effects may multiply exponentially.
As a parent, the responsibility falls on your shoulders to recognize the warning signs when things start to get abusive in teen couples’ relationships. Here are some of the warning signs of domestic violence among teen couples.
5 Signs of Domestic Violence
The emotion of jealousy, in its mild state, is perceived by some people to mean affection and love, but too much of it can suffocate the love out of a relationship. Teen couples, like adult couples, have to deal with jealousy among partners when they find it difficult to trust each other. When you see this warning sign consistently manifesting in teen couples, domestic violence may be brewing in the background.
Frequent Displays of Anger
Anger is one of the most obvious warning signs of domestic violence among teen couples. When you see teen couples’ flare up in rage at every given opportunity, you should know that something is off. Odds are that one partner is abusing the other. Left unchecked, this frequent fury can transcend into something even more serious, such as physical harm
Incessant Calling or Texting
Calling your partner and texting them are romantic ways to show them that you care, but you don’t want to overdo it. When your teen’s partner is incessantly calling or texting him or her to know where they are, whom they are with, and what they are doing, it is a sure sign of domestic violence. It’s all about power, control and manipulation over the other partner.
Loss of Interest in Hobbies
When a teen is no longer enjoying or participating in the hobbies or extracurricular activities that he or she loved before and starts to withdraw, become isolated or depressed, it may be an indication of domestic violence. Sometimes, the teen’s partner may isolate him/her from friends and loved ones.
Taking Pride in Hurting Others
When a teen finds happiness in hurting innocent animals or brags about mistreating people, such a person may also abuse his or her partner.
February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. As such, it is the best time to educate your teenager about the signs of domestic violence. Give your teen informative domestic violence literature to help combat possible abuse. Information is power, so before your teen becomes the next victim of domestic abuse, equip him or her with the right information.
In addition, if you or your teen is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or chat w/ an advocate online for free, 24/7. There is help and hope available.