Unhealthy, abusive or violent relationships can cause short term and long term negative effects, or consequences to the developing teen.Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to do poorly in school, and report binge drinking, suicide attempts, and physical fighting.Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Victims may also carry the patterns of violence into future relationships.
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 non-violent. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
Share your thoughts and what you’ve learned about teen dating violence with everyone you know by posting on social media using the hashtags #teen DVmonth and #loveisrespect! We’ll be hosting the following Twitter chats during Teen DV Month. Help distribute the National Respect Announcement on Feb. Join our Thunderclap to spread the message to your social networks. Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them.
If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, visit or text “loveis” to 22522.
It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner.
You may have heard several different words used to describe teen dating violence.After picking up her son from school, Maria pleads with him not to mimic the abusive behavior he sees at home.Fearing her son may fall victim to the cycle of abuse, Maria executes her safety plan in order to leave her abusive husband for good.These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship.But these behaviors can set the stage for more serious violence like physical assault and rape. Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking.RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.