Teens and dating survey
Answer Question #8: List ways to hold abusers responsible for their abusive behavior.Answer Question #9: What are some reasons that would make teens in some same-sex relationships feel reluctant about reporting dating violence? Answer #1: Dating violence is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order to gain or maintain power in the relationship.The abuser intentionally behaves in ways that cause fear, degradation and humiliation in order to control the other person.Forms of this abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and psychological.Question #2: Why do you think abuse occurs in some teenage dating relationships?Answer #2: Abuse occurs in a dating relationship because abusers have a sense of entitlement, i.e., they believe they have the right to behave this way, that they are entitled to all of their partner's attention, affection, loyalty and time.
Answer Question #3: Why might it be difficult for victims to leave an abusive relationship?
The reason abusers make the choice to use violence is because they can, because it works and because they have the opportunity and self interest to do so.
Because of this sense of entitlement the abuser makes the choice to engage in this type of behavior.
There is a misconception that alcohol, other drugs, anger or stress cause dating violence because these factors often accompany the violence.
While these outside characteristics are a contributing factor to the abuse (e.g.
when present, the abuse may escalate in severity and frequency), they do not cause someone to use violence against another person.