Emotional abuse constitutes approximately 8% of child abuse reports. How do you know if you, or someone you love, is being emotionally abused? Emotional abuse is not limited to any particular stereotypical family or parental figure.It can happen in any environment, regardless of income or ethnicity.First, there are observable symptoms, in which you can see by the child’s appearance that there is something wrong.These are as follows: Drug and alcohol abuse is common in emotionally abused individuals.Oftentimes, however, an emotional abuser was abused himself, physically, sexually, or emotionally, when he was a child as well, and therefore treats his child in the same ways.Parents who emotionally abuse their children may be doing this because of stress, poor parenting skills, social isolation, lack of available resources, or inappropriate expectations of their children (2).These include: Teens who are in violent or abusive relationships are also more likely to be in unhealthy or abusive relationships later in life.Many domestic abusers report having been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused as a child or teenager.
In fact, girls between 16 and 24 are as likely than any other demographic to be abused by a boyfriend or other intimate partner.
One in three teenagers – nearly 1.5 Million – in a romantic relationship admits to being in an unhealthy relationship.
While both boys and girls can be victims of teen dating violence, girls are far more likely to suffer.
Violence in entertainment is everywhere and, unfortunately, has been normalized.
Teens mimic behaviors they see on screen, so it is not uncommon for teens to think the unhealthy relationships that are portrayed are normal or just a part of life everyone is subject to deal with.
Many victims of teen dating violence do not seek assistance or guidance because they are embarrassed, afraid of the repercussions from parents, or fearful of what their peers will think.