Now supported by dozens of national, state and local organizations, the call to end teen dating violence was formally recognized by Congress in 2006.
At that time, both Houses of Congress declared the first full week in February “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” In 2010, our leaders in Congress dedicated an entire month to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
Talk to teachers at your local high school, bring up dating violence at the next school board meeting, and have a conversation with the teens in your life about healthy relationships.
We’ll kick off Teen DVMonth tomorrow, February 4th, with It’s Time to Talk Day.
With one in three teens experiencing some form of abuse from a dating partner, now is the time to have conversations about dating violence with the teens in your life.
Even if you don’t see the warning signs, learning how to create healthy relationships and avoid abusive ones are skills that will last a lifetime.
The results in many junior high, high schools and colleges across our nation are chilling.
In June, 2008, Liz Claiborne, Inc., released the results from a Teen Research Unlimited survey it commissioned on dating violence in teens and tweens (those aged 11 to 14).
Dating violence can happen to teens in a romantic or sexual relationship anytime, anywhere. A healthy relationship is built on respect and is free of violence.
Teen dating violence is the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence in a dating relationship, including stalking.
According to loveisrespect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, one in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a partner.
While teen dating violence can happen to anyone, the majority of the violence affects young women.
Dating abuse has long-term repercussions too, from higher risk of teen pregnancy and STDs to depression, eating disorders, and future domestic abuse. Talking about healthy relationships and dating abuse can help break the cycle of violence and stop abuse before it begins. In any relationship, you have a right to: If you’re concerned that your rights or the rights of someone you care about are not being respected, call the WCA Hotline 208.343.7025 or contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline (call 1.866.331.9474 or text “loveis” to 22522).