Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: 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 nonviolent.A 2011 CDC nationwide survey found that 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who — Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.If you have a title to add, please let me know in the comments! A teen girl struggles with her father, who raped her, returning from prison. A teen boy reflects on his abuse and sexual relationship with a teacher five years earlier. A girl is abducted at the age of 9 and sexually and physically abused for 5 years. Flashbacks reveal he wasn’t the perfect guy everyone thought he was—he was emotionally and physically abusive.(still a work in progress as of 2/14/16) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobksy Goodreads | Amazon | My review 1999. (Note: Although I haven’t read it, from my understanding this one is pretty graphic, and though it is considered YA, we shelve it in adult fiction at my library, which is a decision made before I started selecting for YA). Live Through This by Mindi Scott Goodreads | Amazon 2012.Abusers seek to gain control over their victims by manipulating or dominating them.At its core, dating and relationship violence is about one person misusing power to control another person.
By taking part in the program, you and your team will be taking the proactive step of setting the tone for how teens and young adults should act in relationships.
Dating and romantic relationships are characterized by emotional and physical intimacy.
Because both emotional and physical intimacy occur in private between two people, violence and abuse can remain well hidden and may continue over a long period of time.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.