It’s Too Common…
One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of
physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a
One in ten high school students has been purposely
hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or
Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide
experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a
Complete stat sheet here!
A Few Quotes from Warren County Students
“I almost started crying in class when I realized that
my boyfriend was being abusive. I had no idea that I
was in an abusive relationship.”
“I broke up with my boyfriend for being abusive. I
didn’t know that it was considered abusive when he
called me mean names all the time. He knew they
hurt my feelings. I’m glad I can be happy now.”
“I decided to break up with the guy I was with
because of how bad I had been feeling about myself.
I realized it wasn’t what I wanted, or how I wanted
to be treated.”
Warning Signs. Your Child May:
Give up hobbies and
activities they once enjoyed
Withdraw from friends and
Spend too much of their
free time with dating
Worry all the time about
making dating partner
stomachaches and miss a
lot of school.
Stop talking to friends of
the opposite sex.
Have noticeable changes in
eating or sleeping.
Have a sudden drop in
Have to check in with
dating partner via text
messages to report where
they are and who they are
Start using alcohol or
It may be difficult to
recognize and accept that
Teen Dating Violence is a
problem for your child.
Here are some ways to
help your child.
Ask questions and listen with an
open mind. (Avoid being critical
of your teen)
Talk openly with your child. (Find
a safe time to get your child alone
so they can be free to share)
Respect your teens feelings.
(Remember they have genuine
feelings for their dating partner)
Be calm when they share what is
happening to them. (It may be
uncomfortable for you to hear)
Set limits where appropriate. (Avoid
unreasonable limits such as you will
never date again)
Avoid power struggles with your
teen. (Let them have some control
over their decisions)
Don’t pressure them to make a quick
decision. (You may know exactly
what they should do, but they are
still struggling with their feelings)
Deal with your own emotions in a
constructive way. (Talk your
feelings over with someone you
Be a role mode in your own
Jane B. Conn, VFC Director
Megan Crouch, VFC Prevention Education Coordinator
Pat Clark, VFC Prevention Education Specialist
Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence
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Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessary represent the official views of the Center for Disease Control
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