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Teen dating violence— also called intimate relationship violence or intimate partner violence among adolescents or adolescent relationship abuse — includes physical, psychological or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship.
“Dating violence involves a pattern of behaviors that one partner uses to try to control the other.
The website offers resources for youth, adults and communities that want to get involved and learn more about dating abuse prevention and awareness this February.
The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities.
It is important to understand and recognize the signs of teen dating violence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dating violence is not about love, it is about power and control.
1 in 3 young people will experience some form of abuse in their dating relationships.
Understanding the warning signs is key to ending the cycle of abuse.