Plus, it’s hard to communicate with teens in love, and for young people to know what is, and isn’t, an abusive relationship.“It may be the first relationship they’ve ever been in, and they might not know what is normal or healthy, or abnormal or unhealthy,” Crecente says.Indeed, children who are victimized or witness violence frequently bring this experience with them to the playground, the classroom, later into teen relationships and, ultimately, they can end up the victims and perpetrators of adult intimate partner violence.
According to the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Project, "The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore - the issue affects not just youth but their families, schools and communities as well.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) brings national focus to the issue of teen dating violence, highlights the need to educate our youth about healthy relationships, raises awareness among those who care for them and provides communities with a critical opportunity to work together to prevent this devastating cycle of abuse." Their website is a great resource to find information, fact sheets and monthly campaign materials.
Loveisrespect wants to empower young people to build healthy relationships from the ground up.
Your hands are a tool for creation, and they play a role in ending dating abuse.
During Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), we aim to break the cycle of violence by providing support and services to victims, their families and their communities. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program at the Administration for Children and Families is working to bring visibility to the work of advocates, the strength of victims, and the Federal initiatives addressing this pervasive issue by hosting social media events and webinars throughout the month of February.
The following activities represent just a few of the exciting ways that everyone can – and hopefully will – engage in this work: Blog! Click here to access their calendar of events (PDF, 2 pages). Everyone can make a difference by reaching out to young people in simple ways.
As we interact with teens in our work or personal lives each of us can act on President Obama’s call to stand against teen dating violence by: How Do I Get Help?
If you know of a teen or parent that could benefit from speaking to a caring, well-trained peer advocate, please connect them with the National Dating Abuse Helpline, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453), by texting "loveis" to 77054, or through live chat at
Crecente, who lives in Atlanta, says teen dating violence is an under-acknowledged problem (compared to, say, full-on domestic violence).
Adults sometimes minimize teen relationships as “puppy love,” and schools and parents don’t always discuss it openly, he argues.
Girls are particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships and are more likely to suffer long-term behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, eating disorders, and drug use.