The program primarily addresses suicide and substance use prevention which are important risk factors with teens.
This ranges from a partner checking your phone, social media, accessing passwords, monitoring contacts, post likes, and controlling social media followers.Another form of abuse is also using sexual or nude photos to blackmail, control, harass, or coerce another person.Communities can get involved in combatting teen dating violence by working to ensure youth are engaged in supportive relationships with family, friends, and community groups, such as schools or faith-based organizations.Creating strong support networks give teens places to share experiences with a trusted space while fostering resiliency.Today, 1 in 5 teens experience dating violence in some form.
Teen dating violence is commonly associated with those between the ages of 12-19 although age ranges can vary and only one of the relationship partners may be a minor.
Approximately 9% of high school students reported that they have been hit or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past 12 months.
Many cases of teen dating violence go unreported because teens are afraid to tell their friends and family.
It is vital that health care providers consider the linkages with social services, schools, criminal justice, and youth programs.
Working in collaboration helps to increase support for blended funding streams, sharing infrastructure, building capacity, and bringing resources to where people, live, learn, work, and play.
This month is a great time to get involved in preventing and raising awareness of teen dating violence and continue the conversation throughout the year. Loveisrespect has handouts that can be used at awareness events with facts, relationship quizzes, and answers to common questions.