Dating and relationship violence

Welcome to Do Something.org, a global movement of 5.5 million young people making positive change, online and off! The 11 facts you want are below, and the sources for the facts are at the very bottom of the page. Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, perpetrated by an adolescent (between the ages of 13 and 18) against a current or former dating partner.Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse.Questions to ask in identifying abusive behavior: Are you unable to disagree with him/her?Does your partner put you down, but then tell you he/she loves you?Has your partner forced or intimidated you into having sex?Are you afraid to break up with you partner because you fear for you personal safety? Are you constantly apologizing for your partner’s behavior?

Both include hitting, yelling, threatening, name calling and other forms of verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse.

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey conducted in 2010 by the CDC found that more than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U. are survivors of relationship violence in their lifetime.

Voices Against Violence (VAV) offers services to students who: Relationship violence looks and feels different for every survivor.

As any parent knows, it can be difficult to communicate with your teen, especially when it comes to a sensitive topic like dating violence.

Perhaps you’re not quite sure what to say, or maybe your teen doesn’t seem to want to talk.

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