While it’s necessary to educate young people about the warning signs and impact of abusive relationships, it’s at least equally productive to talk with them about relationship rights, respect and the dynamics of healthy relationships.
It’s important to note that we are down on abusive relationships, not on all relationships.
There are a lot of similarities between teen dating abuse and domestic violence, but there are also quite a few differences.
It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what a teen relationship is.
According to the organization that you work with, you may have particular expectations for the expression, degree and boundaries in relationships between the youth that you serve, but if the kids that you work with feel like you’re simply the relationship police, they may not hear concerns that you have about the health and safety of their relationships.
The AAUW Education Foundation (2001) study defines sexual harassment in this way: In the past many institutions have had a somewhat casual attitude about sexual harassment understanding those behaviors as harmless flirting, or as “kids being kids”.
Teen dating abuse can be as serious and scary as violence within an adult relationship.
There is often a communication disconnect between teens and their parents or other adults.
TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.