Victims are also more likely to become depressed or anxious, use drugs or alcohol, become suicidal, or be abused in future relationships.Teaching pre-teens and teens about healthy relationships is vital in preventing teen dating violence.Unhealthy relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse.That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11 to 14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.By promoting positive relationship behaviors, teens learn about what they should expect from peers and how they are expected to behave toward peers, in both intimate and friendship relationships.Pre-teens and teens are forming ideas about relationships that can last a lifetime.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.Most female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.[x]81% of women who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short- or long-term impacts such as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and injury.[iii]An estimated 13% of women and 6% of men have experienced sexual coercion in their lifetime (i.e.unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a nonphysical way).
It can be hard for pre-teens and teens to know when a dating relationship is unhealthy.