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!
The Stats:
Click through the gallery to reveal the state of Teen Dating Violence:

SOURCE: LOVE IS RESPECT

What Parents Should Look For:
  • Your teen apologizes for their partner's behavior and makes excuses for them.
  • Your teen loses interest in activities that they used to enjoy. They may skip practice, school, etc.
  • Your teen spends significantly less time with their friends and family. They become more isolated as they spend more time with their partner.
  • Their partner calls your teen names and puts them down in public.
  • Their partner acts extremely jealous of others who talk or interact with your teen. 
  • Their partner tells your teen that his/her parents and/or friends don't like their partner.
  • Their partner controls your teen's behavior, checks-up on them constantly, calls/texts them excessively, and/or demands to know what they're doing.
  • Your teen casually mentions the violence, then plays it off as a joke. 
  • You see your teen's partner lose control, get angry, strike/break objects, etc.
  • Your teen has unexplained injuries (i.e. bruises, broken bones). If they have explanations for their injuries, they often don't make sense.
*If you think your teen may be the perpetrator of violence, feel free to call any of the resources below to obtain more information and guidance.

SOURCE: BREAK THE CYCLE

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.
Think you might know someone in an abusive relationship? Or want to know what to do in case a sexual assault happens? Click here to learn about being an active bystander. 

Resources:

Love is Respect

Hotline: 866-331-9474

Text: LOVEIS to 22522

Loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

The Trevor Project

Hotline: 866-488-7386

Text: START to 678678

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Helping Hands Against Violence

Hotline: 541-386-6603

Helping Hands--a non-profit in Hood River, Oregon--supports all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or stalking through safety, shelter, advocacy, education, and outreach. Call us if you have questions, need guidance for yourself or a friend, or just need someone to listen.

SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger, please call 911, your local hotline 541-386-6603, or
the National Domestic Violence Hotline  1-800-799-7233. If concerned about a computer trail, exit this site now. 

© 2019 By HHAV

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