Remember, the abuse is never your fault, and asking for help is nothing to be ashamed of. Find healthy relationship and dating abuse handouts, resources, and more here.
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse as adults, including: If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship, help is available.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Teen dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
Dating Matters is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model that builds upon current evidence-based practice to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among youth.
Three components of Dating Matters are currently available on CDC’s Veto Violence website.
CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is leading the initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college and throughout their lifetimes.Teaching healthy relationship skills and changing norms about violence can help prevent teen dating violence.It can occur in person or electronically, which includes texting, social media, and other online applications.In a recent national survey , 8 percent of high school students reported physical violence and 7 percent reported that they experienced sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months before the survey.
Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.