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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Date: February 4, 2014 Categories: Blog

According to the Center for Disease Control, in a single year, nearly 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a person they are dating. One in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. During the month of February, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the repercussions of teen dating violence and the measures of prevention that need to be taken to ensure the safety and education for all teenagers.

Not only does dating violence put teenagers in physical danger, there are many other possible profound impacts. Substance abuse, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancy, loss of interest in academic achievement and growing isolation can all be effects of dating violence. Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys. It is important for parents to talk to their teenagers about dating violence so that together, we can end this epidemic.

If you are a parent, caregiver, or other concerned person, here are 10 warning signs of abuse behavior:

  • If your child’s dating partner checks their cell phone or email without permission
  • If your child’s dating partner constantly puts your child down
  • If they exhibit extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • If they appear to have an explosive temper
  • If your child’s dating partner begins isolating them from family or friends
  • If they begin making false accusations
  • If they exhibit mood swings
  • If your child’s dating partner begins physically hurting them in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling your child what to do

To continue to raise awareness, visit http://www.teendvmonth.org/ for information on creating or attending an event.