Teen Dating Violence-General Info

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Teen Dating Violence-General Info

  1. 1. V I O L E N C E F R E E C O A L I T I O N O F W A R R E N C O U N T Y Teen Dating Violence
  2. 2. What The Numbers Show…
  3. 3. It’s Too Common…  One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner.  One in ten high school students has been purposely hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.  Complete stat sheet here!
  4. 4. 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.”
  5. 5. Warning Signs. Your Child May:  Give up hobbies and activities they once enjoyed doing.  Withdraw from friends and family.  Spend too much of their free time with dating partner.  Worry all the time about making dating partner angry.  Have headaches, 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 grades.  Lose self-confidence.  Have to check in with dating partner via text messages to report where they are and who they are with frequently.  Start using alcohol or drugs.
  6. 6. Help for Parents! 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)
  7. 7.  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 trust)  Be a role mode in your own relationships.
  8. 8. 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 Find us at: www.arcshelter.org www.facebook.com/ViolenceFreeCoalition “This publication/material was supported by the 5VF1CE001114-3 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessary represent the official views of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention”

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