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The Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Initiative was originally spearhead by teenagers across the nation who chose to take a stand and put a stop to teen dating violence. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month and an excellent time to educate youth and adults alike about the realities of dating violence.
Newhouse speakers are available to come to your organization to speak to both youth and adults about the realities of dating violence. If you would like to arrange a presentation for your group, contact us at (816) 474-6446 x225 or [email protected]
Dating Abuse Statistics:
- Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
- One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Girls and young women between teh ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average.
- Violent relationahips in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting teh victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
- Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders.
- Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone abotu the abuse.
- 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don't know if it's an issue.
Resources for Teens and Parents:
*Courtesy of www.loveisrespect.org