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Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

 

Abuse in dating relationships is common among teens and has the same pattern as adult domestic violence. In both cases, abusive behavior is used to control another person.  Teen abusers try to manipulate their dating partners by making all the decisions, putting them down in front of friends, threatening to kill themselves, stalking them, or forcing them to have sex.

 

Unlike adult domestic violence in which women are more often the victim, boys and girls report abuse about equally in teen relationships. More often, boys tend to start the violence and use greater force. The rate of dating violence among 11th graders is nearly 13%, according to a recent survey of California high school students.

 

If you or someone you know is in an abusive teen relationship, talk to your parents or another adult family member, a school counselor or teacher, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233).  For more information, visit www.breakthecycle.org.

 

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