This special collection emphasizes collaborative and multi-level approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence TDV. It draws on the work of many organizations and organizes the resources on TDV prevention and responses by different populations. The first section of this special collection provides general information about teen dating violence. The next six sections include TDV information related to: 1 young people, 2 bystanders, 3 parents and caregivers, 4 men and boys, 5 teachers and school-based professionals, 6 health care professionals, 7 pregnancy prevention programs, and 8 domestic violence and sexual violence service providers. The final section presents documents on TDV-related laws and legislation. The special collection concludes with examples of national programs that address TDV and a list of national and statewide organizations and programs.
Special Feature: Teen Dating Violence - Related Resources
How to Talk to Teens About Dating Violence - Futures Without Violence Futures Without Violence
Teen dating violence TDV is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends. TDV is common.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Healthy relationships consist of trust, honesty, respect, equality, and compromise. A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year 2 and approximately 29 percent of adolescents reported being verbally or psychologically abused within the previous year. It can negatively influence the development of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and identity as youth grow into adulthood 4 and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.
In all likelihood, your young teen is experiencing significant emotional, psychological and physical changes. And, while your teen needs you more than ever to help them through this challenging time, they are also seeking independence and turning to peers. While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. They really do need you.