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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 10, 2017

 

Teen Dating Violence is any form of financial, digital, physical, emotional, sexual or mental violence or abuse within a current or previous relationship. Dating violence also includes stalking. 

 

The Stats

 

  • 1 in 3 adolescents report being victim to dating violence within the US.

  • 1 in 10 high school students report experiencing intentional physical abuse from their partner. 

  • Majority of teen dating violence occur between the ages of 16-19

  • 1 in 6 college women have been sexually abuse within their relationship 

 

Traits of a Healthy Relationship

  • Feel safe to communicate honestly and openly

  • Mutual level of respect and appreciation

  • Feel valued and important

  • Receive encouragement and support

  • Able to have disagreements that are resolved positively

  • Maintain healthy boundaries

Traits of an Unhealthy Relationship

  • Feel disrespected and unimportant

  • Lack privacy and ability to feel like an individual

  • Feel pressured, and constantly controlled

  • Constant conflict, may escalate to physical aggressiveness or violence

  • Unable to communicate freely

  • Level of mistrust, possessiveness, insecurity and/or jealousy

 

Complete the "Are you in a Healthy Relationship" quiz provided by Love Is Respect to find out how your relationship measures up!

 

Effects of Dating Violence

  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • Inability to trust and be vulnerable with others

  • Decreased self-esteem

  • Feelings of guilt

  • Higher risk for further victimization and trauma

  • Involvement in risky, negative behaviors such as drug abuse, risky sexual behavior, etc

If you are involved within an unhealthy relationship, and/or are experiencing dating violence, or know someone who is... discuss your options confidentially. Peer supports are available 24/7. 

 

Love Is Respect

chat @ loveisrespect.org

text "loveis" to 22522

call 1-866-331-9474

 

 

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