Most victims are young women, who are also at greater risk for serious injury. There is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in young adult relationships and to help promote programs or resources in order to prevent it.Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.Machismo takes forms in various ways and often is culturally ingrained within Latinx communities.
Machismo is a predominant “traditional” belief in Latinx communities that women are inferior to men.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.To many who knew Ann and Conor, they seemed like steady, young adults, and in many ways they were.In other ways, however, they were still children, struggling to manage an adult relationship."We were just so tightly wrapped up in each other," Conor said by phone Monday from the Leon County Jail.