Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.In time, most are able to resume their prior level of closeness in relationships.Yet the 5% to 10% of survivors who develop PTSD may have lasting relationship problems.
In turn, the way a loved one responds to him or her affects the trauma survivor.
Because survivors feel irritable, on guard, jumpy, worried, or nervous, they may not be able to relax or be intimate.
They may also feel an increased need to protect their loved ones. The trauma survivor may often have trauma memories or flashbacks.
He or she might go to great lengths to avoid such memories.
Survivors may avoid any activity that could trigger a memory.