If you start to notice any of the following signs, your teen might be experiencing abuse: Staying tuned in to your teen takes patience, love, and understanding – plus a little bit of effort.If you are concerned about any of your teen’s relationships, reach out and get them talking as soon as possible.
Many victims of domestic violence may qualify for a mental health diagnosis, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The longer domestic violence occurs for, the more likely a victim will qualify for a mental disorder diagnosis as its negative effects continue to grow.
Checking in with them regularly to learn about what’s going on in their lives, at school, or with friends is important.
But what if you suspect that something unhealthy or even dangerous is happening to your teen?
When black eyes and other bruising is a result of domestic violence, the person being battered may be forced to call in sick to work, or face the embarrassment and excuses of how the injuries occurred.
When there are frequent injuries seen by others, the victim may talk about being clumsy, or have elaborate stories of how the injuries occurred.Those who are battered, and those who abuse, come in all shapes, sizes, colors, economic classes and personality types.Victims are not always passive with low self-esteem, and batterers are not always violent or hateful to their partner in front of others.Some victims have low self-esteem, while others have a great deal of confidence and esteem in other areas of their life (at work, as a parent, with hobbies, etc.) but not within their relationship.In terms of dealing with the relationship, a sense of powerlessness may exist.Victims of domestic violence can also have physical symptoms that aren’t directly caused by physical abuse.