Youth who turn to violence to solve other problems are also at increased risk of perpetrating teen dating violence. Hamby: Our data show the rate of teen dating violence is holding fairly steady, unlike some forms of violence which are dropping.
Dating violence affects approximately one in 13 youth.
Share them with your teen and look at them together, or simply pass them on.
Some teens become violent or abusive to exert power and control over a dating partner.
February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an opportunity to provide teens, their parents, educators and friends information and resources to recognize and prevent teen dating violence. Hamby, Ph D, is a research associate professor at Sewanee, the University of the South, and a research associate with the University of New Hampshire Crimes against Children Research Center.
These aren’t all boyfriends and girlfriends abusing each other online and in person.
It reflects a pervasive vulnerability for all teens that is probably due to parents, teachers and other adults failing to prioritize the safety of teens in their lives. Hamby: Parents and other concerned adults can watch for a dramatic decline in contact with other friends.