Resources for Teens

The following information is about teens in abusive dating relationships. If you are a parent worried about your teenager's relationship, please visit the websites at the bottom of the page.

There are three phases in the cycle of violence. The tension building phase, the abusive incident and the honeymoon period.

  • The tension building phase can last for years and is when there is noticeble tension in the relationship.

  • The tension builds to the abusive incident, which almost always involves physical abuse.

  • After the abusive incident, the abuser will usually apologize, and promise it will never happen again, get gifts for the victim or even blame the victim for the abuse.

  • It is important to know that the honeymoon period is part of the abusive cycle a

  • The more cycles that are completed the less time it takes to complete a cycle.

 

 

The power and control wheel describes types of abuse that are common in a relationship.

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