Pay attention to your teenager’s dating habits and check in with him or her regularly.
* Meanwhile, 81% of parents believe dating violence isn’t an issue for teenagers.
* 100% of parents failed to correctly identify warning signs of dating violence.
April 4-8, 2016 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
When you think of dating violence, the images that pop into your head are probably not images of 11 or 12 year olds. * Girls age 16-24 are at the highest risk of experiencing violence at rates TRIPLE the national average.
In 2013, President Obama declared February National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
According to the National Research Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 1.5 million high school students every year experience physical abuse from a dating partner.
Over time, the unhealthy behavior may become violent.
That’s why parents need to talk to their teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
However, teen dating violence is epidemic at both the middle and high school levels, with most girls experiencing their first violent dating encounter by age 16. * Teen dating violence affects 1.5 million high school students (approximately 4 in 10 adolescents) in the U. * 72% of youth 11-14 are dating and 47% report some form of violence as a part of this relationship.
As the age students begin to date lowers, so does the age at which violence begins.
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.