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.
1: Develop a comprehensive school policy
2: Educate students about dating abuse