Teen dating violence has negative effects on the mental and physical health of youth, as well as on their school performance.
It can also be a predictor of intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration or victimization in later life.
Consider one of the following activities: The staff at OVW and I are excited to dive into the month of February and make the increased focus on teen dating violence the new norm as we welcome 2013 – A year that we hope will mark progress and positive change in the field of domestic, sexual and teen dating violence prevention. That axiom is certainly true for campuses that are working to prevent and reduce sexual assault.
Calling dating violence a pattern doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.
It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.
There are countless programs, organizations and dedicated individuals who are tireless in their efforts to prevent abuse in dating relationships, and I applaud all of your efforts.
OVW’s youth-serving grantees tell us that everyone can make a difference by reaching out to young people in simple ways.