Understanding dating violence
Understanding Teen Dating Violence By Staci Lee Schnell, M. S., LMFT February 8, 2017 In 2013, President Obama declared February National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
According to the National Research Center on Domestic Violence, approximately 1.5 million high school students every year experience physical abuse from a dating partner.
Over time, the unhealthy behavior may become violent.
That’s why parents need to talk to their teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dating violence can happen to teens in a romantic or sexual relationship anytime, anywhere. A healthy relationship is built on respect and is free of violence.
In 2013: CDC’s Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships initiative promotes nonviolent adolescent relationships in high-risk communities by using comprehensive, evidence-based practices to reduce the burden of teen dating violence.
This is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of dating violence that can last into adulthood.
- The ultimate goal is to stop dating violence before it starts.