Help prevent dating abuse

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Here are 5 ways you can bring awareness to and prevent teen dating violence: If you notice someone around you is starting to have multiple injuries, a drop in grades or motivation or loss of interest in hobbies this could be a result of dating violence.Also be aware of symptoms of depression or anxiety, as these are often a result of dating violence.In the 1999 study Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, more than half of all rape victims were under 18 at the time of the first rape.

It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year. Dating violence includes any behavior that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power; cause fear, or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself.

Consequences of Dating Violence Young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in fights or bring weapons to school, have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.

Note: This is not something we as a society should only spend a month focusing on; it deserves constant prevention efforts and attention.

It is also important to realize dating violence happens to young people and teenagers.

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