Additionally, teens aren’t seeking out the help being offered.
In fact, less than 10% of teen victims report seeking help. Kids are being abused, resources are available, but the link between the two is missing. What follows are some myths about teen dating violence that may prevent youth from seeking help, or receiving help when they do reach out.
Congress too has joined the call to end dating abuse by dedicating the month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
Unfortunately, we have far to go in raising awareness of this problem; 81% of parents believe that teen dating violence isn’t an issue.
is manipulation by your partner to dictate who you see, and meet, even who you email, and text.
You may find yourself cutting ties with friends to avoid arguments. The less people you see, the more influence the abuser can exercise over you. How do you know that you have a healthy relationship?
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.
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: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship.
In my case, many of the children I worked with were Native youth.
As a judge, I remember presiding over a heart-breaking case in my civil protection order calendar.
Dating abuse is a controlling pattern of negative behaviors.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.