Recognize some of the signs of abuse: Talking to teens about the health of their relationships or hook-ups is a proactive way to support teens, even if they are not in an abusive relationship.
You can help children and youth who have experienced violence and teen dating violence.
To learn about the brain science behind how caring adults can help youth overcome trauma and build resiliency, check out this public awareness campaign, Changing Minds Now.
Learn how to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships with the Center for Disease Control and the National Research Center on Domestic Violence online resources.
According to the CDC 2013 National Youth Behavior Survey, one in three young people have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence.
Use this conversation card to help you start age-appropriate conversations with children and teen about healthy relationships.
You can make a huge difference in the lives of children and teens.
One winter day during my junior year, I found out that he had cheated on me again. He became enraged as I walked away to my class but he didn't follow me. In that moment, I had two choices: I could either sit there and continue to be belittled in front of everyone because he wasn't going to leave, and nobody else was going to say or do anything, or I could walk out and be shamed anyway because I had given into his threats. As we walked down the hall, he spit in my face, pulled my necklace off my neck, threw it in the trashcan and he threw me up against the lockers. Mine is a story of emotional, psychological, and physical abuse.
After class had begun, I heard the door swing open, which was at the front of the classroom. He stayed at the door and looked toward the teacher and said to him in front of the whole class, "I need to speak to that fucking whore right there." He pointed at me, then he turned to me and said, "Bitch, get your fucking stupid ass out here now." Everybody turned and looked at me in shock but nobody said a word. It didn't begin immediately, in fact, there weren't any signs until we had been dating for almost a year.
If your answer is no or you’re unsure, learning more about teen dating violence can help.