Our next story comes from a friend of Battered and Beautiful that was introduced to teen dating violence at the exceptionally young age of 14. Though she was never physically harmed, the trauma of emotional abuse runs deep, especially when experienced during adolescence.
Her story reminds us of the emotional burden of unhealthy relationships and the techniques abusers use to keep victims emotionally invested in the outcome of the relationship. The patterns of digital abuse, sexual pressures, and jealousy are hallmarks of abusive situations and can be experienced by anyone, regardless of status or wealth. We are thankful she found a way out and extend our resources to those who might be currently experiencing teen dating violence.
If you or someone you love is experiencing TDV, please know that there are resources to help you. You can visit the National Domestic Violence hotline at www.thehotline.org for more resources.