Even if the abuse doesn’t result in a homicide, the trauma from it can affect a young victim’s development.
Dating abuse puts adolescent and young adult victims at a higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and domestic violence later on in their lives. high schools lack training or guidelines for counselors in dealing with dating violence, according to a study released by Ball State University last year.
This point is particularly noteworthy since breakups are the times in violent relationships when abuse most often escalates or becomes lethal.
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Numbers were even higher for victims of emotional abuse (59% of LGBT youth versus 46% of heterosexual youth).
Transgender youth had some of the highest rates of victimization, despite making up a tiny percentage of the total respondents.
“The relationships may be mostly online or through texts, so the relationships look very different.
They might be in class with that person.” He adds that because these relationships, which could also be same-sex, are usually the students’ first, victims don’t have the experience an adult may have to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy behaviors.
This article is the final part of our four-part series on teen and young-adult relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking, which often overlap in unhealthy relationships.