According to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice, 69 percent of youth age 12-18 who were either in a relationship or had been in the past year reported being a victim of teen dating violence.
Additionally, 63 percent of that same sample acknowledged perpetrating violence in a relationship.
The program and materials are offered free of charge.
An alarming number of teenage girls are being controlled or abused by their boyfriends by the time they graduate from high school.
Most adults do not think the teens they know are at risk, fail to see the signs and lack the skills to have an effective intervention.
This easy-to-use workshop explains the dynamics of teen dating abuse and provides usable strategies for all adults to have realistic and successful conversations with young people.
For more information, call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE.
The helpline also offers tips on preventing abusive relationships and promotes awareness of healthy dating relationships.Psychological abuse was the most common type of abuse victimization reported (over 60 percent), but there were also substantial rates of sexual abuse (18 percent) and physical abuse victimization (18 percent).Consistent with other adolescent relationship abuse studies, researchers found there was significant overlap between victimization and perpetration; 84 percent of victims also perpetrated abuse in a relationship.Bring this workshop to your workplace as a lunch-and-learn, to your PTA meeting, your religious school, your coaches' association, or anywhere adults gather.Anyone can lead this modular one-hour workshop in their community -- the program comes with a Facilitator's Guide and Script, Power Point presentation, video and additional training tools.