Extreme Jealousy Controlling Behavior Quick Involvement Unpredictable Mood Swings Alcohol & Drug Use Explosive Anger Isolates From Friends & Family Uses Force During An Argument Shows Hypersensitivity Believes in Rigid Sex Roles Blames Others for His/Her Problems Cruel to Animals or Children Abused Former Partners Threatens Violence Alspaugh, 2009 & ACADV 2010 Physical Signs of Injury (unexplained scratches or brusies Truancy, Dropping out of School Failing Grades Indecision Changes in Mood or Personality Constantly checking cell phone Angry when asked how they are doing Use of Drugs/Alcohol Pregnancy Emotional Outburst Isolation No longer hanging out with his/her friends/withdrawn Wearing the same clothing Distracted Showering immediately after getting home Miller, 2010 Developed in memory of Heather Norris, who was abused and later stabbed and dismembered by her boyfriend, whom she began dating her senior year of high school 12% of Hoosier teens report being hurt by someone they’re dating (Indiana Youth Institute) Signed into law on April 12, 2010 Requires that all Indiana schools implement a dating violence education curriculum by July 1, 2011 The school curriculum on teen dating violence should include: basic principles of dating violence; warning signs of dating violence; and the school's dating violence policy.
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Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.It does not discriminate and can happen to anyone in any relationship, whether it’s one that is casual and short-term or serious and monogamous.
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: Launched in August 2011, the free Love is Not Abuse i Phone app is an educational resource for parents that demonstrates the dangers of digital dating abuse and provides much needed information on the growing problem of teen dating violence and abuse.
Over the course of the experience, you receive text messages, emails and phone calls in real-time mimicking the controlling, abusive behaviors teens might face in their relationships.
The app also provides information on warning signs of abuse, concrete steps parents can take if they are concerned their child may be a victim and tips for how to talk to your child about the issue.
We collaborated with the following partners, who guided the creative process and whose resources are highlighted in the app: The National Network to End Domestic Violence, Joyful Heart Foundation, Verizon Foundation, Wired Safety, MTV, Futures Without Violence, Seventeen Magazine, Mom Central and the American School Counselors Association.
In addition, the app was developed by Charles Kliment, Founder and Principal Designer, KAJA Circle and Eric Mansfield and Chris Mollis, Co-Founders and Principal Software Engineers, Apps On The Side.
If you or a loved one is in a abusive relationship, please get help.