Recognizing dating violence
Do you know what to do if you think a teen in your life is in an abusive relationship?February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.Once you have completed the training at your school, you can fill out a trainer evaluation.Please visit our resource page to find links and references to many wonderful sites, organizations, and other helpful information.And, parents have a hard time knowing what to say or how to say it or how to get their teens help.If you are a parent concerned about your teen, or just about a friend for family member, this information will help you recognize it and know how to help.The literature on IPV among adolescents indicates that the rates are similar for the number of girls and boys in heterosexual relationships who report experiencing IPV, or that girls in heterosexual relationships are more likely than their male counterparts to report perpetrating IPV. stated that, unlike domestic violence in general, equal rates of IPV perpetration is a unique characteristic with regard adolescent dating violence, and that this is "perhaps because the period of adolescence, a special developmental state, is accompanied by sexual characteristics that are distinctly different from the characteristics of adult." Wekerle and Wolfe theorized that "a mutually coercive and violent dynamic may form during adolescence, a time when males and females are more equal on a physical level" and that this "physical equality allows girls to assert more power through physical violence than is possible for an adult female attacked by a fully physically mature man." Regarding studies that indicate that girls are as likely or more likely than boys to commit IPV, the authors emphasize that substantial differences exist between the genders, including that girls are significantly more likely than boys to report having experienced severe IPV, such as being threatened with a weapon, punched, strangled, beaten, burned, or raped, and are also substantially more likely than boys to need psychological help or experience physical injuries that require medical help for the abuse, and to report sexual violence as a part of dating violence.
Recognizing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence Training Video You can also find this video by searching the Safe Harbor channel on Youtube, called Safe Harbor Voice.
Abuse in a dating relationship can be confusing and frightening at any age.
But for teenagers, this abuse can be even more difficult.
Learning how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship can make a dramatic impact on the lives of teens suffering from dating violence – and could also save lives.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), teen dating violence includes the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence that may occur within a relationship.
Other research indicates that boys who have been abused in childhood by a family member are more prone to IPV perpetration, while girls who have been abused in childhood by a family member are prone to lack empathy and self-efficacy; but the risks for the likelihood of IPV perpetration and victimization among adolescents vary and are not well understood.