Teen Dating Violence
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Teen Dating Violence--a subset of intimate partner violence--happens far too often. Knowing the signs (you can find them here or take the quiz above) can help you detect it quickly and seek help for yourself, a child, or a friend!
Click through the gallery to reveal the state of Teen Dating Violence:
Health Effects of Violence in Youth:
Experiencing abuse in adolescence can put survivors at higher risk for substance use, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and further intimate partner violence.
Teenage girls who have been physically or sexually abused have a 6x increased risk for becoming pregnancy and 2x increased risk for contracting STIs.
Half of youth who have survived both dating violence and rape attempt suicide compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
What you can do if you're experiencing Teen Dating Violence:
Talk to a trusted adult or friend. Keep in mind that if you confide in a teacher or counselor, they may need to report the abuse to someone else.
Call an advocate (like the ones at Helping Hands). We're available 24/7 and are confidential. Check out the bottom of this page for additional confidential resources.
Create a safety plan. Sometimes it's safer to stay in an abusive relationship with a back-up plan than to leave one without one.