A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.
Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.
If you are being abused, know that it is not okay, and it is not your fault. Call New Hope for Women and speak to one of our school-based advocates.
If you are the abuser, it is important for you to recognize your behavior and make changes.
Written By: Anna Rafferty, college student writer Reviewed By: Nancy Brown, Ph. Last Reviewed: October 2013Sources: Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic.
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We wanted to shed a light on dating abuse as February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
There is often a communication disconnect between teens and their parents or other adults.You can access the live chat by going to by texting "loveis" to the SMS shortcode 77054, or by calling 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453).Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.Speak honestly with a school counselor and with your partner.New Hope for Women's hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-522-3304.Dating violence is an intentional act of violence (whether physical, sexual or emotional) by one partner in a dating relationship.