In this white paper, Soroptimist International of the Americas, working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world, examines the issue of teen dating violence.Dating and intimate relationships are a normal part of growing up for many adolescents.How to Help Teens Dealing with Dating Violence Teens who are in an abusive relationship may have a difficult time getting help.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.It can include psychological abuse, emotional blackmail, sexual abuse, physical abuse and psychological manipulation.Dating violence crosses all racial, age, economic and social lines.The effects of teen dating violence can last long into adulthood.Research has shown that youth victims are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety; engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol; or exhibit antisocial behaviors and think about suicide.Search the Internet for information on how to prevent dating violence. What laws exist in your country or area that protect people from such abuse?Write your ideas or opinions on the topic of abuse in relationships Randall's ESL Blog HERE. The paper also addresses the unique obstacles teens face when seeking help and/or deciding to end an abusive relationship.Preventing Dating Violence Dating violence can happen to any teen regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, or whether or not they have experience with dating.