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There are many reasons teens might stay in abusive relationships:
  • In high school, status and self-esteem are often intricately linked to a teen's relationship. 
  • She may be in love and want the violence to end, but not the relationship. 
  • In an abusive relationship, a teen can feel like no one understands the abuser but her. 
  • She might fear that if you find out, you won't let the couple date any longer. 
  • She may not have healthy relationships to compare this to, and she may see abusive behavior modeled at home.
  • She might think this is just what "being in love" is like. 
  • She might fear bringing shame to the family.
  • She may worry that you will be disappointed in her. 

What makes a relationship healthy?
FROM: A Special Report: Tyra Banks and Dating Violence
Published on March 12, 2009

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