Additionally, Sperling says that when speaking to each other and young people, adults can make sure that everyone knows what signs of verbal and emotional abuse look like, as opposed to waiting for when a victim has experienced visible signs of physical abuse.And what can young people do to curb teen dating violence?
Soon after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, media attention immediately turned to who the shooter was and what "warning signs" illustrated prior to the event may have indicated that he was likely to carry out such a horrendous attack.
Experts say it's all about spotting red flags, listening to peers, and taking concerns seriously.
That includes looking for signs of abuse like gaslighting, jealousy, explosive anger, isolation, and possessiveness.
The crucial thing, she notes, is that victims know they have a support system in place for when that time comes.
"Abusive partners try to isolate their victims so they feel like they have no one to turn to, so if or when the victim decides to leave, knowing that you have their back is going to be really important," she says.