Thursday, February 3, 2011

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Many people don’t realize that domestic violence impacts not only adults, but young people as well.

One in three teens will experience violence in their dating relationships. The abuse experienced by teens is similar to the abuse experienced by adults, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and intimidation. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, at a rate almost triple the national average.

Teens are not always able to talk about the abuse to trusted adults in their lives. This can be due to a variety of factors including not acknowledging the signs of abuse, fear, embarrassment and fearing they wouldn’t be believed.

A teen’s confusion about the law and the desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers to young victims of violence seeking help.

We must work together to bring attention to the issue of teen dating violence. To do that, we need to provide resources and education to the young people who are experiencing violence. We need to understand the dynamics of domestic violence, recognize it when it happens, and offer interventions. These steps are essential if we are to ever break the cycle.

For more resources regarding teen dating violence there are many websites available. Statistics for this blog came from You can also visit and the Hope House website for more information.


  1. What are exactly the reasons why does there are such happenings like this occurs? Teens must always be guided by parents about on dating someone.

  2. Ted, you're right... parents need to be involved in their teens' lives. They need to know who they're dating and keep their eyes open for signs of dating abuse.

    Teens have trouble getting out of abusive relationships for the same reason adults do: they want to be loved/accepted, and they think it's their fault when something goes wrong. They might also think possessiveness and constant phone calls/texts are a sign of love, when it's really jealousy and control.

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