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The Mental Health Aspect of Teen Dating Violence: Part 2

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Gutierrez agrees that it is more common for teens to get involved in dating violence if there is family history modeling that type of behavior. She believes mental health issues or past trauma in the family can predispose people to become a victim or abuser, but it varies in every situation.

Aime Hutton, a previous victim of dating violence and a Canadian ambassador for the Freedom & Empowerment Teen Campaign, said in an email that abusers might learn their behaviors and mindset from parents.

“Some people living with a mental illness may be searching for love, and since the abuser is showing them love (even if they are being hurt) they think this is what love is supposed to be like,” she added.

Part 1 of the series: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month: Part 1

Part 3 of the series: Ending The Struggle With Teen Dating Violence: Part 3

Sources:

Waterman, Elizabeth. Email interview. Feb. 4, 2013.

Raja, Sheela. Email interview. Feb. 4, 2013.

Gutierrez, Christine. Email interview. Feb. 4, 2013.

Tanimura Winquist, Joy. Email interview. Feb. 4, 2013.

Carmichael, Kristin. Email interview. Feb. 6, 2013.

Cleary, Audrey. Email interview. Feb. 5, 2013.

Hutton, Aime. Email interview. Feb. 5, 2013.

Reviewed February 7, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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Teen dating violence is very prevalent in girls that come from abusive homes, those in foster care also frequently find themselves in a these violent dating situations. There has been a rise in Self harm in young women in the USA and Europe cutting yourself

cutting myself

March 25, 2013 - 4:28pm
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