Newsletter teen dating violence
Still, given the vulnerable age of both perpetrators and victims of teen-dating violence, there are specific challenges that hinder identifying, intervening in and helping the teen out of the abusive situation.
The Santa Clara County-based organization Asian Women’s Home has identified some of these challenges (
3) Try not to depend on your partner – bring your own money, cell phone and find your own ride 4) When at school: Finally, if and when you decide to break up with your public, do it in public and make others aware of your plans.
————————————————————————————————————– [i] Impact of the Economy and Parent/Teen Dialogue on Dating Relationships and Abuse. Conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited for the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Liz Claiborne.
When tested however, only 58% of those parents were able to correctly identify all signs of abuse.
Finally, amongst the children of surveyed parents, only 74% of sons and 66% of daughters reported having had a conversation with parents about dating abuse, and only one-third of them stated that they would confide in their parents about abuse in a relationship[i].
As is the case with any sort of domestic violence, the most important thing to remember is that not all forms of violence are physical.
Non-physical abusive acts include constantly checking the partner’s cell phone, making disparaging comments, expressing jealousy, showing an explosive temper, prohibiting the victim from spending time with family and friends, dictating which activities the victim may participate in and controlling their whereabouts.
Parents, if your child were in an abusive dating relationship, would you be able to recognize the signs?If the abuser is well respected by peers, the victim may feel isolated and believe that others won’t support or believe him/her.4) Finally, teens are especially vulnerable to the influence of popular culture, which, more often than not, engages in rampant objectification of women and the teaching of traditional gender roles that position men as aggressive and women as submissive.February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and in our own effort to spread awareness and engage in prevention efforts, we write so that the KFAM community can learn how to detect, prevent, intervene in and access resources relating to teen dating violence.The statistics surrounding the prevalence of teen dating violence are shocking.
Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.