That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life.For more information, please visit: – Healthy Relationships – U. Department of Health and Human Services – Safe Relationships – U. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Justice – U. Department of Justice Office of Adolescent Health – U. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Violence Against Women - U.
Dating violence may include physical force, such as kicking, hitting, and shoving; emotional abuse, consistent monitoring, and isolation; or sexual assault.
Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and can occur in person or through electronic communication and social media.
Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives.