Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking.
Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.In December 2016, Portwood announced her decision to quit the series, citing what she felt was "unfair treatment" following the sixth season's finale and reunion shows; despite this, Portwood returned to the series for its seventh season, which premiered in April 2017.The news is full of stories about people who have been raped, robbed, mugged, or otherwise assaulted, and everyone cringes when they hear these reports. The truth, however, is that the incidence of personal violence has dropped to its lowest level in almost three decades. Aggravated assault - which involves attack with a weapon or attack without a weapon that results in serious injury - was down even more sharply, from 12.4 incidents per 1,000 people in 1977 to just 4.3 incidents per 1,000 in 2004.The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while.An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel." ANYONE CAN BE A VICTIM!It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.