Teen Dating Violence

February 10 2020

Valentine’s Day is coming up! A day of love, friendships, and kindness- although sometimes it also brings sadness, violence, and disappointment to some.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Remind your students that their love is unique, and they deserve to have their boundaries respected. What are their boundaries? What are healthy, unhealthy, or abusive relationships? Defining love is an activity for everyone to engage in!

Dating abuse warning signs

  • Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission
  • Constant belittling or put-downs
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way
  • Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sexual contact

 

Studies show “1 in 3 high school students experiences some form of dating violence. 81% of parents said they didn’t think or didn’t know if dating violence was a problem”.

As an adult in their life, you have the opportunity to talk to them, show your support, and help them get the resources they need like creating a safety plan.

See some Resources for Parents & Educators on educating teens of dating violence.

Help them be safe, Show a quick video on How To: Breakup:

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

Love is Respect, Happy Valentine’s Day, and Have a great day!

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