The immediate scenario that pops into your head is likely not a teen or pre-teen couple.
But unfortunately, teen dating violence is reality for 1.5 million high school students across the US every year who experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of becoming teen dating abuse victims.
Abusers can be male or female, and experts are seeing these patterns of behavior in younger and younger students as pre-teens and elementary students engage in dating relationships before developing healthy relationship skills and boundaries.Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control.Statistics show that 72% of students in 8th and 9th grades are in dating relationships.Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.When unchecked, abusive behaviors typically escalate as an abuser gets older, making it essential for teens to get help at the first sign of abuse.
Just Say YES speakers are dedicated to reducing these numbers through presenting ways of effectively addressing boundaries in dating, refusal skills, and establishing a positive circle of friends.
Friends and trusted adults can help students recognize unhealthy relationships and empower them to establish healthy boundaries.
Book one of our speakers to give a teen dating violence program at your school.
A pattern of put-downs, name-calling, yelling, or threats leveled against a dating partner.
Abusers use words to gain power and control over their victim, often damaging their partner’s self-esteem and emotional health.
Encouraging or demanding that a partner neglect relationships with friends and family.