Teen dating violence - also called intimate relationship violence or intimate partner violence among adolescents or adolescent relationship abuse - includes physical, psychological or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship. It is important to understand and recognize the signs of teen dating violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dating violence is not about love, it is about power and control. “Dating violence involves a pattern of behaviors that one partner uses to try to control the other. These behaviors may include physical and sexual violence and emotional abuse.
Resources about Teen Dating Violence:
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: Free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Dating Abuse Helpline.
U.S. DOJ National Institute of Justice. Teen Dating Violence: http://nij.gov/topics/crime/intimate-partner-violence/teen-dating-violence/welcome.htm
U.S. DHHS Centers for Disease Control. Understanding Teen Dating Violence: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/teen-dating-violence-factsheet-a.pdf
Girlshealth.gov - Healthy Relationships
Girlshealth.gov - Safe Relationships
National Institute of Justice
Office of Adolescent Health
Office on Violence Against Women
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