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Preventing Dating Violence

Dating violence can happen to any teen regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, or whether or not they have experience with dating.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.

What is Dating Violence?

Dating violence includes any behavior that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power; cause fear, or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself.

Consequences of Dating Violence

Young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in fights or bring weapons to school, have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.

How to Help Teens Dealing with Dating Violence

Teens who are in an abusive relationship may have a difficult time getting help.

  • Educators: Dating violence has a particularly damaging effect on schools, students and the learning environment.
  • Advocates & community service providers: You can play an important role in educating teens about dating violence.
  • Parents: If you suspect dating violence, your son or daughter needs your support.
Respect Works: A 4-Step Approach to Preventing Dating Violence

1: Develop a comprehensive school policy

School Policy Kit
Learn more

2: Educate students about dating abuse

Safe Dates
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3: Reinforce 
student learning

Ending Violence
Learn more

4: Activate 
student leadership

Speak.Act.Change
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