Roughly million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically. February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to provide teens, their parents, educators and friends information. Understanding what teen dating violence is, why it happens, and what it means for those involved is an important first step in prevention.
Why Does Dating Violence Happen? Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and non-violent.
Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. All too often these examples suggest violence in a relationship is okay.
Violence is never acceptable. But there are reasons why it happens. Violence is related to certain risk factors. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Believe it's okay to use threats or violence to get their way or to express frustration or anger.
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Use alcohol or drugs. Can't manage anger or frustration. Hang out with violent peers.
Have multiple sexual partners. Have a friend involved in dating violence. Are depressed or anxious. Have learning difficulties and other problems at school.Warning Signs Of An Abusive Relationship Becoming Violent or Ending in Homicide
Don't have parental supervision and support. Witness violence at home or in the community. Have a history of aggressive behavior or bullying.
Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies. For more information on Teen Dating Violence Prevention please call our office or Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking.
Being repeatedly watched, followed, monitored or harassed.
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Stalking can occur online or in person, and may or may not include giving unwanted gifts. Exerting power and control over a partner through their finances, including taking or withholding money from a partner, or prohibiting a partner from earning, or spending their money.
Here are a few examples: When Amber laughs off the jealousy, Tommy, whose hand she is holding, squeezes her hand — hard. Julia is really into fitness, but her partner, Ty, isn't really into it. Every time Julia sees Ty, she makes hurtful comments about his weight and eating habits like, "Are you sure you want to eat that?
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You're lucky to have someone as hot as me. Jenny and Brad have been sleeping together for a few months. Jenny is concerned about getting pregnant so she starts taking birth control. He makes a habit of flushing her birth control down the toilet. This is sexual abuse.
She starts publically posting the private pictures Monica sent her while away at 4-H camp because she wants Monica to hurt as much as she does.