Experiencing such violence so early in life can have long-term detrimental impacts on adolescents: victims are at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and attempted or considered suicide.
Emotional abuse is much harder to recognize, but no less damaging.
At the 2008 Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Attorneys General from across the nation passed a resolution encouraging schools to develop teen dating violence awareness curriculum.
In partnership with the Washington State Medical Association, the Attorney General's Office has incorporated highlights from this website into a brochure.
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Tweens and teens are experiencing disturbing levels of violence in their dating relationships, but only half recognize the warning signs of a dangerous relationship.
A 2008 study commissioned by Liz Claiborne and found: Abuse in a dating relationship can be confusing and frightening at any age.
Teen Dating Violence This web page from the CDC includes an overview of teen dating violence definitions, the consequences of and reasons for dating violence, and a list of additional resources. Teen Dating Violence among LGBTQ Youth This Human Rights Campaign overview of teen dating violence among LGBTQ youth also includes a list of national resources that serve LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.
Understanding Teen Dating Violence (PDF) This concise fact sheet developed by the CDC helps explain: Why is dating violence a public health problem? Dating Violence Prevention, Teens Ages 13 to 19 Years The New York State Department of Health provides an overview and links to state and national resources.
But for teenagers, who are just beginning to date and develop romantic relationships, this abuse is especially difficult.
When the abuse is physical or sexual, it can be easy to identify.
Share them with your teen and look at them together, or simply pass them on.