(pdf) There are a few things that you can do to help stop teen dating violence in your community.
Learning to be an active bystander, helping advocate for training for your school, or starting a public awareness campaign are all ways to help raise awareness about this serious issue.
Teen dating violence is any controlling, abusive or aggressive behaviour that occurs in a romantic, dating relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.
Physical violence: While shoving and pushing can be an indication, hitting is conclusive that your partener is abusive.
Additionally, teens participating in sending explicit images are also at risk of legal action under child pornography rules.
One way is to become an ally for victims of dating violence through bystander intervention.
You have the power to stop incidents of abuse by: gathering a group to talk to the abuser, creating a distraction, speaking up and letting the abuser know their actions are not ok, telling a trusted adult about what you saw, or calling the police.
While calling 911 can be overwhelming, it’s important to involve the police if you feel your or someone else’s safety has been threatened or is in danger.
It is what happens in a teen dating relationship when one person uses abuse to gain power and keep control over his or her partner.
This abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal or sexual and generally escalates over time.