Dating violence among youth
During the pre-teen and teen years, it is critical for youth to begin to learn the skills needed—such as effectively managing feelings and using healthy communication— to create and foster healthy relationships.CDC developed to stop teen dating violence before it starts.“It could be that it’s still socially acceptable for girls to hit or slap boys in dating relationships,” says lead author Catherine Shaffer, a Ph D student with SFU, in a release.“This has been found in studies of adolescents in other countries as well.” Researchers looked at data collected from three British Columbia Adolescent Health Surveys conducted over a 10-year timespan.It focuses on 11-14 year olds and includes multiple prevention components for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.All of the components work together to reinforce healthy relationship messages and reduce behaviors that increase the risk of dating violence.Please visit the Dating Matters website to learn more!CDC also developed a technical package, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices that describes strategies and approaches that are based on the best available evidence for preventing intimate partner violence (IPV), including TDV.
But in the last year, 5.8 percent of boys reported dating violence compared to 4.2 percent of girls.
This effort began with a series of workshops in 20 that culminated in the development and coordination of a federal interagency workgroup. NIJ has also funded research examining the nature, characteristics and extent of dating violence; risk and protective factors; long-term and short-term outcomes; and systematic evaluations of teen dating violence prevention and intervention programs, policies and legislation.
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Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.