In 2017, teen dating violence continues to rise, with 1.5 million high school students nationwide experiencing physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in ten high school students have been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
These statistics are alarming, and show how this can easily affect a teen that you may have in your life. Especially if you are a parent, this information is important because, many teens often are secretive of their relationships. Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse. Many may not even recognize that it’s abusive. Being able to identify the signs of dating abuse can help for early intervention, and also being supportive when teens may feel very alone or isolated.
Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence:
* Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission
* Extreme jealousy or insecurity
* Constant belittling or put-downs
* Explosive temper
* Isolation from family and friends
* Making false accusations
* Erratic mood swings
* Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way
* Telling someone what to do
* Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex
How Can I Help As a Parent?
* Listen and give support
* Accept what your child is telling you
* Show concern
* Talk about the behaviors, not the person
* Be prepared
* Decide on next steps together
Join us, Tuesday, April 4th at 5:30pm for a community presentation that will examine a variety of teen dating violence; including instances in the news, signs of dating violence, how to help and what resources are available for teenagers and parents within our community.