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"“Supporting the development of healthy, respectful, and nonviolent relationships has the potential to reduce the occurrence of TDV and prevent its harmful and long-lasting effects on individuals, their families, and the communities where they live. During the pre-teen and teen years, it is critical for youth to begin learning the skills needed to create and maintain healthy relationships”"
- CDC, Intimate Partner Violence
Who is at risk?
INDIVIDUAL RISK FACTORS FOR VICTIMIZATION
Behaving in aggressive ways toward peers and others
Struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health issues
Experiencing stressful life events like sexual abuse or sexual trauma
Dating at a young age
Using drugs or illegal substances
Engaging in early sexual activity prior to age 16
Having multiple sexual partners
Lacking social problem-solving skills
Using emotional disengagement and blaming as coping mechanisms
Witnessing community or neighborhood violence
Having low help-seeking characteristics
RELATIONSHIP RISK FACTORS FOR VICTIMIZATION
- Having a friend or sibling involved in an unhealthy relationship
- Experiencing lots of conflicts with the dating partner
- Witnessing or experiencing abuse or violence in the home
- Being parented in a harsh or inconsistent way
- Lacking supervision and/or warmth from parents
- Being socially isolated or lacking social support
RISK FACTORS FOR DATING VIOLENCE PERPETRATION
- Believing that it is acceptable to make threats or use violence to get their way
- Using violence or abuse as a way to express anger or frustration
- Having problems managing anger or frustration
- Associating with violent peers or others in violent or abusive relationships
- Having low-self esteem
- Struggling with a fear of abandonment
- Lacking proper parental supervision and support
- Struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues
- Witnessing violence at home or in the community
- Experiencing jealousy, possessiveness, and other negative emotions in a relationship
HOW CAN I GET HELP?
Check out this website to create a safety plan for yourself or someone else. This is a guide where you can receive help by advocates who will cater to your needs.
FOR THE ADULTS
CDC Training Module
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has released a training for parents, field practitioners, educators, and others who wish to become well versed in the matter of teen dating violence.