Stop teen dating abuse
Just like access to sex education is key to enabling safer sex for young people, talking about dating violence is necessary to building healthy relationships.
There are many forms of dating violence, and not all are physical.
They also report that violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18, but only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
Violent relationships in adolescence put the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence, and a staggering 50% of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide. According to a report from the Urban Institute, 43% of LGBT youth reported being victims of physical dating violence, compared to just 29% of heterosexual youth.
Although there are many signs to pay attention to in a relationship, look for these common warning signs of dating abuse: Jump to navigation. Learn the signs of dating violence and abuse and how to get help. Very common problems in teens include: Use these warning signs of abuse to see if your relationship is going in the wrong direction: It may even seem flattering at first.
A boyfriend may dictate what clothes his girlfriend should wear or tell her which friends she is permitted to see. Teens may not know how to respond to the threatening behavior and "mind games." Teens may think that they are to blame and that they deserve the abuse. It may be difficult for your child to talk about problems in his or her dating life.
Abuse is defined by the National Domestic Violence Hotline as a pattern of coercive control that one person uses over another.
Battering is behavior that physically harms, causes fear, or prevents a partner from doing what he or she wants to do, or forces a person to behave in ways he or she does not want.
We will be choosing two REDBOOK readers from each state to join the MADE coalition as action leaders and advocates for teen dating education. Nominate yourself by emailing [email protected] the subject line "WWS Action Leader" and tell us why you believe relationship violence is an important issue and why you want to be involved.
Be sure to include your full name, age, hometown, and contact information. Let's work together to make abusive relationships history.