Teens and violence

  • Healthy relationships are violence free! Encourage respect early. #VetoViolence #TeenDVMonth http://thndr.me/5jxvkm 

The Preventable Problem

Dating violence can happen to teens in a romantic or sexual relationship anytime, anywhere. But it doesn’t have to happen at all. A healthy relationship is built on respect and free of violence.

Teen dating violence is the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence in a dating relationship, including stalking. It happens in person and electronically with current or former partners.

This problem is widespread, with serious effects, though many teens don’t report it because they’re afraid to tell friends and family:

  • About 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months before a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey in 2013.
  • 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence between ages 11 and 17, according to a 2011 CDC nationwide survey.

We’re Stopping Dating Violence

Communicating, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect keeps relationships healthy and nonviolent.

Dating violence is preventable when teens, families, organizations, and communities come together and implement effective prevention efforts. You can help by spreading this message!

Create Change on February 12th

Select “Support with Facebook” or “Support with Twitter.” Your account will post this one-time message for action and prevention on February 12th at noon. Your voice will join CDC, leaders, organizations, violence prevention professionals, and people who empowering youth to make relationships healthy!

Together, we can #VetoViolence and create a safe future for all young people!

Learn more: https://VetoViolence.CDC.gov.