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Dating abuse victims

Teen dating violence, or dating abuse, is a pattern of destructive behavior used to exert power or control over a dating partner.

However, young women can be violent, and young men can also be victims.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered teens are also equally at risk.

In the short-term (up to two years), victims may exhibit regressive behaviors (e.g., thumb-sucking and bed-wetting in younger children), sleep disturbances, eating problems, behavior and/or performance problems at school, and unwillingness to participate in school or social activities (p.4).

Longer-term effects may be wide-ranging, to include anxiety-related, self-destructive behaviors such as alcoholism or drug abuse, anxiety attacks, and insomnia (p.4).

By: RTÉ's Della Kilroy You might think you don't know someone that has been affected by domestic abuse but research suggests you probably do.

Close to 17,000 disclosures of domestic abuse against women were made to Women's Aid direct services last year and the charity says that more and more young women are coming forward in dating relationships.

Female teens were more likely than male teens to seek help.

The majority (77.2 percent; 69.2 percent of males and 82.0 percent of females) of those who sought help turned to friends.

For victims, the effects of child sexual abuse can be devastating.

Victims may feel significant distress and display a wide range of psychological symptoms, both short- and long-term.

Victims may show fear and anxiety in response to people who share characteristics of the abuser, i.e., the same sex as the abuser or similar physical characteristics.