If you're seeing multiple warning signs or a progressive pattern develop, you should be concerned. Be wise, trust your instincts, and protect yourself. If something doesn't sound or feel right, do what's best for you and keep yourself safe.
In a time when headlines focus on athletes' off-the-field behavior, many coaches are moving beyond discussing Xs and Os. They're teaming up with dating abuse experts to create opportunities where teens feel comfortable opening up about issues that directly affect them.
Just because your boyfriend doesn't push, shove or hit doesn't mean he's good guy. It means somewhere along the way he learned not to hit a girl. But he didn't learn how to treat her. He is still capable of something called emotional abuse.
February is teen dating violence awareness month, and it reminds me of what are still the most harrowing four years of my life. One in four teens self-reports physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse every year.
Last month, Break the Cycle released its third annual State Law Report Cards, a survey of the nation's teen dating violence civil protection laws. And for the third year in a row, Virginia received a failing grade.