The Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence describes abusers as being obsessively jealous and possessive, overly confident, having mood swings or a history of violence or temper, seeking to isolate their partner from family, friends and colleagues, and having a tendency to blame external stressors.
Meanwhile, victims of relationship abuse share many traits as well, including: physical signs of injury, missing time at work or school, slipping performance at work or school, changes in mood or personality, increased use of drugs or alcohol, and increasing isolation from friends and family.
While abuse often occurs as a pattern of controlling behavior, a single episode of abuse is cause for concern.
The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness describes dating abuse as a "pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner." Individuals of all walks of life can find themselves in an abusive relationship.
Ask if they would be more comfortable talking with someone else, such as a counselor, coach, friend or another trusted person. Most teens find it helpful to have added support when facing this kind of danger or intimidation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing teen dating abuse; consider the following: In case of an emergency, call 911.
Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.
The 24-hour service is available at at 1-866-331-9474, or by texting "loveis" to 22522.