For high school males, more than 7% reported physical violence and about 5% reported sexual violence from a dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
A CDC Report found among victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, nearly 23% of females and 14% of males first experienced some form of violence by that partner before age 18. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.
Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Any young person can experience dating abuse or unhealthy relationship behaviors, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, religion or culture.
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?
Teen dating violence [187KB, 2Pages, 508] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional aggression within a dating relationship, including stalking.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. The risk of having unhealthy relationships increases for teens who: Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.
Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.