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.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
They have a greater risk of becoming involved in an abusive act and traumatized in their own relationships, according to the AAP.
Parents can play a key role in prevention by being a positive role model.
Nearly 1 in 5 Chicago youth is experiencing violence in a dating relationship – and the numbers are rising.
To turn those numbers around, we will need to change our discourse about the issue; develop approaches that derive from the experiences and needs of young people; and promote systems change.