4. Escalation and Silent Suffering

Dating violence often starts with small incidents of abuse and before you know it, you are in a full-blown violent dating relationship. Many teens internalize this treatment as a natural and expected relationship behavior.

Over a short period of time the abuser becomes persistent and more forceful, increasing the violence until the idea of abuse worms its way into your psyche and your life outside of the relationship. Ashamed of the abuse, many teens hide their scars. Heartache from a breakup is different from abuse and violence. Love is not supposed to hurt that way. You deserve to be loved properly. Violence and abuse are not love. Love is respect and support.

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