A common misconception about teen dating violence is that survivors don’t experience the same level of abuse as adult women.
Often, they start with teasing, or periods of jealously or being controlling.
But as with many unhealthy behaviors, over time it can get worse.
It happens when one person intentionally hurts the other—or when they both do it to each other. And it has real consequences for a person’s health, today and in the future.
Dating violence can be emotional, physical, and/or sexual, and it also includes stalking. Abusive relationships don’t always start out that way.
Segovia was a straight-A Catholic schoolgirl who attended church every Sunday, but she soon stopped attending both church and school shortly after meeting her boyfriend.