Parents can play a key role in prevention by being a positive role model.
A hotline is available, as well as a website that offers solutions on how to handle abusive teen dating relationships.
For details, call 866-331-9474, text "loveis" to 22522 or visit
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Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim is dating violence.
But when the smartphone is constantly buzzing with messages from a significant other, it could be a sign of dating violence.
The best solution is prevention, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). They often have an explosive temper, are jealous, put their partner down, isolate their date from friends and families, make false accusations, have mood swings, seem possessive or bossy, and will pressure their date to do things against his or her will.
Jealous partners might text, call or email constantly or ask for their partner's passwords and look over their date's shoulder to view who is sending messages.
A survey found that more than one of every three middle-school students has been a victim of this type of psychological dating violence.
Teens who are victims of dating violence are more likely to have problems with school, substance abuse, depression and social experiences, according to a recent study. The AAP urges parents to talk to their children about healthy relationships in middle school, before dating starts.
This is particularly important for preteens who see intimate partner violence at home.
They have a greater risk of becoming involved in an abusive act and traumatized in their own relationships, according to the AAP.