Teen dating physical abuse
The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
It can occur in any relationship, regardless of gender, race, class, age or in LGBT couples.
Isolation/Exclusion: "Why do you want to hang out with them?
They're losers." "Your parents don't understand our relationship.
After class had begun, I heard the door swing open, which was at the front of the classroom. He stayed at the door and looked toward the teacher and said to him in front of the whole class, "I need to speak to that fucking whore right there." He pointed at me, then he turned to me and said, "Bitch, get your fucking stupid ass out here now." Everybody turned and looked at me in shock but nobody said a word. It didn't begin immediately, in fact, there weren't any signs until we had been dating for almost a year.
I never imagined such shame and at 15 years old, understood it even less. It was those incidents that left long-lasting emotional scars. My story begins at the age of 14 and continues off and on until I was 22.
Phone interviews were conducted with 1,525 Latino teens, ranging in age from 12 to 18, most of whom (76.1 percent) were born in the United States.