As for adults 18 and older, the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found that more than 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence when they were between 11 and 17 years old.As a society, we need to focus on dating violence prevention.
Although I work in this field, I was so nervous that I would say something stupid.
I carefully started to explain, “Dating abuse is when a boyfriend or girlfriend hurts the other person in the relationship a lot.” He quickly responded, “That would never happen to me.” Taken aback, I took another approach. Anyone who you are dating will also have wonderful qualities.
That’s why we worked with young people to come up with the theme for this year’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
They chose because it’s a theme that speaks to the importance of realizing how amazing each person is as an individual.
However, many parents may not think or know that dating abuse is a significant problem.
Because of this, we need to incorporate parents and other influential adults into dating abuse prevention to make a lasting impact. As a mother to a headstrong eight-year-old, I have learned that young people have their own minds.
They don’t necessarily want to listen to their parents, but they do observe us and internalize the messages we send them.
One Saturday morning, my son asked me about dating violence and abuse.
This is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of relationship violence that can last into adulthood.Studies investigating the effectiveness of programs to prevent dating violence are beginning to show positive results.
Most programs focus on changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors linked with dating violence while focusing on the skills needed to build healthy relationships.