Great resources from the Office of Adolescent Health on dating violence. Check it out below.
Dating can be a normal part of healthy adolescent development; however, these relationships can sometimes have an ugly side. February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, and the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) joins other federal efforts, such as the White House’s 1 is 2 Many initiative, to help reduce incidents of teen dating violence.
Did You Know?
- Dating violence can include name-calling, public or private humiliation, throwing objects, or posting sexual pictures of a partner online. See the many dimensions of dating violence.
Positive dating experiences in adolescence, such as receiving support and affection from a partner, are associated with:
- Increased levels of self-esteem, and
- Improved communication and conflict management skills.1
CDC’s Dating Matters InitiativeTM has strategies and training to help those who work with teens promote healthy dating relationships.
Preventing Teen Dating Violence
Factors that help prevent teens from becoming perpetrators of violence include: being monitored by parents, being engaged in school, perceiving penalties for doing something wrong,and having limited access to violence in the media (such as TV, internet, video games).2
Our new podcast, developed for OAH grantees and found on the OAH site, discusses strategies for preventing teen dating violence, as well as tactics for speaking with victims of dating violence and sexual assault.
Talk with Girls AND Boys
It’s important to talk about dating violence with both male and female adolescents, as both can be victims and perpetrators. Check out a new report from CDC on the prevalence of intimate partner and sexual violence by sexual orientation. Visit OAH’s Talking with Teens site for tips on how to have conversations about difficult topics.
Dating Violence in Your State
Rates of dating violence vary across states, from 7% in Vermont to 16% in Georgia. Find out more about student reports of relationship violence and forced sex in your state with OAH’s searchable map.
Teens experiencing dating violence, and the friends and families who care about them, can contact trained professionals at the National Dating Abuse Hotline: 1-866-331-9474 (TTY 1-866-331-8453 for the hearing impaired). Live chat is also available, and assistance via text message is accessible by texting “loveis” to 77054.