Dating violence and healthy relationships
For students involved in an unhealthy or unsafe dating relationship, there is a fifth intervention track focusing on keeping oneself safe in relationships. For all students who have experienced dating or peer violence or abuse, the program encourages help-seeking. Teen Choices, an online stage-based program for healthy, non-violent relationships: Development and feasibility trial. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. 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.If you need support there are people and resources available to help.Remind your teen that he or she deserves a violence free relationship and that abuse is NEVER appropriate and NEVER their fault.Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. Right now, your teen is forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships.In contrast, in unhealthy relationships, one partner tries to exert control and power over the other physically, sexually, and/or emotionally.