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          Signs Your Daughter May Be in an Abusive Relationship

          April 19, 2006

          Thousands of teenagers are finding themselves in relationships that are controlling, manipulative and sometimes physically abusive. Some research shows that 98 percent of teenage girls who have been abused continue to date the abuser. Your teen could be one of them.

          If you suspect your daughter is in an abusive relationship, the following are some classic warning signs to watch out for. 

          • She apologizes for his behavior and makes excuses for him.
          • She loses interest in activities that she used to enjoy.
          • She stops seeing friends and family members and becomes more isolated.
          • When your daughter and her boyfriend are together, he calls her names and puts her down in front of other people.
          • He acts extremely jealous of others who pay attention to her, especially other guys.
          • He thinks or tells your daughter that you don’t like him.
          • He controls her behavior, checking up on her constantly, calling and paging her, demanding to know who she has been with.
          • She casually mentions his violent behavior, but laughs it off as a joke.
          • She often has unexplained injuries, or the explanations she offers don’t make sense.
          • You see him violently lose his temper, striking or breaking objects.

          The above information comes from Maryland’s Peoples Law Library.

          Related Resource

          For more information on teen domestic violence resources, click here

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