CDC developed to stop teen dating violence before it starts.It focuses on 11-14 year olds and includes multiple prevention components for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence.However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends.CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is leading the initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Violence in an adolescent relationship sets the stage for problems in future relationships, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration and/or victimization throughout life.
For instance, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual, and includes stalking.
It can occur in person or electronically, which includes texting, social media, and other online applications.