Teen dating violence is a relationship that consists of either physical, mental, and/or emotional violence towards a partner’s relationship. Teen dating violence can activate many unhealthy behaviors such as: anger, jealousy, guilt, “put-me-downs”, and hostility.
Teen dating violence has a lot of negative consequences. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s development but unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have very severe consequences.
Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience:
- Depression and anxiety
- Unhealthy behaviors
- Antisocial behaviors
- Lower grades in school and poor school performance
- Increased risk of pregnancy and contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Increased risk of substance abuse, eating disorders, and/or risky sexual behavior
- Thoughts about suicide
Dating Violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together.
- You have the right to privacy.
- You have the right to feel safe and respected.
- You have the right to say no.
- You have the right to hang out with your friends.
- You have the right to end an unhealthy relationship.
- You have the right to live free from violence and abuse.
Click here to learn more about your relationship rights.
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1 (866) 331-9474
- Talk to a trusted adult, counselor, BridgeUP fellow, BeWell Health Coach.