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During the month of February, secondary schools will be providing age appropriate information to students regarding teen dating violence.
Almost one-third of teen relationships involve abuse. Help students learn to avoid—or break free from—unhealthy entanglements. According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, dating violence is controlling, abusive and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can happen in straight or gay relationships. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination of them. You may want to share with students the following examples of dating violence:
Controlling behavior includes:
Verbal and emotional abuse includes:
Physical abuse includes:
Sexual abuse includes:
Anyone can be a victim of dating violence. Both boys and girls are victims, but boys and girls abuse their partners in different ways. Girls are more likely to yell, threaten to hurt themselves and pinch, slap, scratch or kick. Boys injure girls more, are more likely to punch their partner and are more likely to force them to participate in unwanted sexual activity. Some teen victims experience violence occasionally. Others are abused more often, sometimes daily.
If you or someone you know is involved in an unhealthy
dating relationship, your school counselor can help
by providing counseling and resources.
(800) 374-HOPE or
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
National Teen Dating
Live chat at
Sexual Assault Legal Hotline
(888) 296-SAFE or
Texas Youth Hotline