Dating violence is a vicious cycle that not only affects adults but also affects teens.One in five teens today say that they have been the victim of, or know a friend who has been the victim of, dating violence.There is some evidence that intervention programs can be effective one large study of 8th and 9th graders showed schools with "Safe Dates" programs resulted in very substantial reductions in reports of sexual violence and marked decreases in reports of psychological dating abuse Ask yourself some questions How can I tell if I'm a victim of teen dating violence? The Resource Guide is a free information service from The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.If you know of a resource for sexual assault survivors which should be included in the Guide, please tell us about it.As parents, talk to your child about dating violence and discuss the warning signs.Abusive behaviors are usually learned behaviors; therefore, it is important to be a good role model by setting positive examples through your own relationships.
Dating violence consists of verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
This pattern of abusive behavior is used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Typically, by the time physical abuse is present, a pattern of verbal and emotional abuse has already been established. If not confronted, it can ultimately affect the rest of a young person’s life by introducing a cycle of unhealthy relationships with violent or abusive partners.
Teens that stay in a violent relationship often become confused about what makes a healthy relationship and can begin to mistake abuse for love.
Self-esteem is best described as the degree to which we view our ‘worthiness’ as a person.The foundation of our self-image is first developed during childhood and continues throughout life.