Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
This National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, help raise awareness about teen dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships.
Teen dating violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological, and can occur in person or electronically (e.g., online or via text messages). Approximately 10% of the high school students who reported dating in the past year experienced physical violence from their partner, and 10% reported being sexually abused by their partner.
Recognizing the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how to get out of an abusive one, is incredibly important for healthy adolescent development. Youth who are victims of dating violence are more likely to participate in risky behaviors, such as tobacco and alcohol use, which could increase their risk of a teen pregnancy. Youth dating violence victims are also more likely to experience anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide.
Show your support:
- Get tips on how to incorporate healthy relationships into your adolescent pregnancy prevention (APP) program.
- Know the warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and test your knowledge about healthy relationships at loveisrespect.org.
- Parents and other caregivers, let your teens know that they can always come to you for help or advice.
- Visit 1 is 2 Many to see how you can support national efforts within your own community to help end violence against women.
- Participate in Respect Week February 13–17 and Wear Orange Day on February 14. Upload your pictures on Instagram and Twitter using #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2017!
Get help or report abuse: