Men and women can be abused, and both men and women can be abusers. In a relationship that is abusive, there tends to be a cycle of violence.

Because the cycle is predictable, it is important for your teen to be aware of what to look for and to be able to recognize the cycle.

Seek out the advice of a counselor or your local domestic violence organization.

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If your teen recognizes this pattern in his relationship, it is a sign that the relationship is an abusive one.

The cycle of abuse might look slightly different if we are talking about abuse between a family member and a teen, or a romantic interest and a teen.

The victim does their best to reason with the abuser, calm the abuser, and stays away from their friends and family to try and work on the relationship.

This is the same stage where the abuser is nitpicking at the victim.

Teen domestic violence is violence or threats of violence towards a romantic partner or a household member who is a teenager.

The threat can involve physical violence, sexual assault, or the threat of either one.

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The abused teen may feel hurt, threatened and manipulated by the events and break off the relationship.

She may feel like this honeymoon is a sign that he can change.

They are yelling, screaming, threatening and blames everything on the victim.