Causes of dating violence

For a moment, she had no idea where she was; then her boyfriend’s face came into focus.

They were at a party, and Joe (not his real name), the cute football player she’d been dating, had kicked her, hard, propelling her into a wall, where she had hit her head and blacked out.

Session 4: How to Help Friends: Students learn why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships and how to help a friend if she or he is in an abusive relationship.

It was the subject of substantial formative research in fourteen public schools in North Carolina using a rigorous experimental design.

Quickly, though, sweet talk gave way to insults and demands and, finally, physical abuse. 12, 2005, kicking incident, Sarah, a willowy strawberry blonde with a spray of freckles across her cheeks, stood in line at the family division of the Santa Clara County, Calif., court clerk’s office, waiting to pick up a copy of a restraining order.

“I never would have thought,” Sarah says now, “something like this would happen to me.” Once a hidden problem, teen dating violence is getting some serious attention.

“He never really straight out said he didn’t like my friends, but he made it clear I didn’t need anyone else.

If a friend called, he’d be like, ‘Why do you want to go out with them?

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