1.5 Million High School Students are Physically Abused by a Dating Partner in the U.S. Every Year
The March FaCT Training featured a presentation from Human Options on Teen Dating Violence. As you may know, family violence can have a profound effect on the stability of a family. This is true when the abuse is external from the inner dynamics of a family as well; especially when it is happening to a teen family member who is likely to be in a place in their lives full of rapid changes, insecurity, and vulnerability.
Teens are often reluctant to report abuse due to many factors including peer pressure, inexperience in relationships, fear, hope, and denial. 78% of teens who experience dating abuse report staying in the relationship. In addition, social media and cell phones can lead to digital abuse including sexting, tracking, coercion, cyberbullying, and control and manipulation. As professionals and role models it is important to be aware of warning signs that a teen may be in an abusive relationship and that their parents are aware of these signs as well. You can find the signs of TDV in the presentation from Human Options on the 23rd slide (link below).
The cycle of teen dating violence can lead to poor academic performance, pregnancy, substance abuse, an increased likelihood in of repeated roles in future relationships, depression, and suicide attempts. As advocates for the success of our families it is important to not only support families that may have a teen in an unhealthy relationship, but to also arm their parents with tools to support their child. The checklist and safety plan found in the presentation, starting on the 39th slide, can help you and parents identify TDV and know how to keep the teen safe going forward.
You can find the whole presentation from Human Options here.
- Love is Respect: loveisrespect.org | text loveis to 22522
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
- 211OC: 211oc.org/dv
- National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-RUNAWAY | 1800runaway.org | Text 66008
- Human Options (Central OC): (949) 854-3554
- Interval House (North OC): (714) 891-8121
- Women’s Transitional Living Center (North OC): (714) 992-1939 ext. 117
- Laura’s House (South OC): (949) 498-1511