The Santa Clara County-based organization Asian Women’s Home has identified some of these challenges (
The following list includes but is by no means exhaustive of these challenges: 1) A lack of prior experience with healthy dating relationships may cause some teens to interpret abusive acts as a normal part of a loving relationship.
Romanticized views of love and sacrifice may cause them to confuse extreme jealousy with love.
2) A desire to assert independence from parents may cause some teens to keep their victimization secret.
Engaging in the following safety planning activities can minimize risk for those who continue to suffer from teen dating violence: 1) Avoid being with your partner alone. 2) Tell others your plans – let them know where you are, what time you are supposed to be back and how to contact you.
3) Try not to depend on your partner – bring your own money, cell phone and find your own ride 4) When at school: Finally, if and when you decide to break up with your public, do it in public and make others aware of your plans.
Watch a 3 minute video that describes the Dating Matters Recently, efforts to prevent teen dating violence have grown, particularly in schools and among policymakers and sexual violence and domestic violence prevention groups.
Now many states and communities also are working to stop teen dating violence.
However, these activities vary greatly in quality and effectiveness. These successful initiatives build on community mobilization, outreach, public education, faith-based leader involvement, and criminal justice participation, which will set the stage for preventing teen dating violence in Dating Matters in Baltimore City contact: Aisha Burgess Interim Program Director Dating Matters Initiative Baltimore City Health Department Office of Youth Violence Prevention1001 E.
Fayette Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202(410) 396-2206 Office(410) 218-3447 Cell Aisha. Chicago’s experience in youth violence prevention, through the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and adolescent health, through the Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health make them ideally suited to lead Dating Matters in their community.
The statistics surrounding the prevalence of teen dating violence are shocking.
Domestic and sexual violence amongst teens is more prevalent than it is in the general population.
While male abusers were more likely to inflict serious injury on female partners than vice-versa, boys are also victims of physical dating violence.