Every year advocates across the nation work hard to spread awareness about dating violence amongst teenagers. Roughly 1.5 million high school students experience some form of physical abuse from a dating partner in the United States. Unfortunately, most parents do not broach the topic of dating violence with their children.
Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of threat or actual abuse between teenagers who are dating.
This can include verbal, physical, emotional, sexual, and even digital threats or acts of violence or domestic abuse. The issue of teen dating violence does not discriminate amongst races, cultures, demographics, or other groups of people.
There are awareness campaigns and resources available for teens or those who suspect dating violence.
Break the Cycle and the Love Is Not Abuse Campaign has hosted an event called “It’s Time to Talk” in order to start the conversation about what a healthy relationship looks like. Another great resource is an organization called Love is Respect, that has helpful resources on their website https://www.loveisrespect.org/.
Additionally, there are multiple smartphone apps that can provide educational resources for parents and students, such as the Love is Not Abuse app, Circle of 6, or the One Love Foundation app.
For parents and teens, it’s important to start a dialogue about the issue of teen dating violence. It can be an overwhelming task, but it is important once teenagers start dating.
If you or someone you know may be a victim of teen dating violence, call 9-1-1 if there is an immediate danger. You may also contact the Loveisrespect.org Hotline by calling 1-866-311-9474, Texting “loveis” to 22522, or TTY 1-866-331-8453. Or you can reach out to OneEighty for additional resources in Wayne or Holmes counties.