Our staff works in joint partnership with local coalitions to support youth through some of life’s most confusing times.
Our youth outreach is currently in nine Santa Clarita high schools presenting In Touch With Teens Educational Curriculum. This evidence-based curriculum was created by Peace Over Violence and was designed to promote healthy relationships through education, advocacy and organizing. We hope to help teens create violence-free relationships by encouraging peer-to-peer education. The curriculum is designed to meet many California State standards and is line with Common Core.
What is teen dating violence?
Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Dating violence can negatively impact a teen’s emotional and social development. In some cases, dating violence can lead to depression, health problems, academic problems and even suicide attempts.
Teen violence can affect teens of any age, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status. Studies show that in a conflict with a partner, girls report using physical aggression as much or more than boys. However, statistically, injury or homicide for those aged 12 and up, females are more likely to be injured or murdered by a current or former intimate partner than males. Unfortunately, due to the obstacles of leaving an abusive relationship, nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser.
Because adolescents are still developing, and dating is new for them, they do not have the experience or tools necessary to be able to make informed choices. Being in an abusive relationship at such an impressionable and vulnerable age might lead a teen to believe that violence is part of a “normal” relationship.
How often does teen dating violence occur?
Most people are not aware of just how often teen dating violence occurs. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
This means that one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner. This figure far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
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