Even more startling, adolescents who report experiencing dating violence are also more likely to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting, and current sexual activity.
Young people sometimes spend more hours with educators – school administrators, teachers, and coaches – than they do with their own parents.
During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning about relationships with potential dating partners.
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.
Strategies that promote healthy and respectful relationships are vital.
Although all victims of gender-based violence are affected negatively, research reveals that female victims of dating violence often experience more severe and longer-lasting consequences than do male victims.
Educating young people about healthy relationships is critical to preventing dating abuse.
Emotional abuse is much harder to recognize, but no less damaging.
At the 2008 Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Attorneys General from across the nation passed a resolution encouraging schools to develop teen dating violence awareness curriculum.
Teen dating violence is a growing public health issue.