From the outside, most teen couples you see in the hallways at school look pretty normal. In fact, they probably seem so close. But if you look a little closer you would see that something is terribly wrong. She is wearing long sleeves on a humid day to hide the bruises on her arms where he squeezed her when he was angry. She also has stopped curling her long blonde hair and now wears it in a simple ponytail. Her boyfriend tells her she looks better this way, but really he doesn't want her long, golden hair to attract attention at school.
Teen DV Month
Teen Dating Violence Prevention | Safe Haven Ministries
Drugs, Alcohol, and Teen Dating ViolenceThe teenage years are filled with emotion, hormones, and growth. Many begin romantic relationships for the first time. Teenage relationships are tough. Things become even more challenging when alcohol and drugs are involved. Studies show that there is a link between drug and alcohol abuse and teen dating violence.
Teen Dating Violence
Dating violence is a pattern of learned behavior that one person uses to control another in an intimate relationship. One in three adolescents in the U. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Our Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program provides healthy relationship programming to both High School and Middle School students, primarily within schools Health Education classes with an average of 4 sessions per class. To bring us into your school or for more information please contact Brittany Shetler at or at bshetler safehavenministries.
Teachers, coaches, school personnel, youth leaders, and other youth-serving professionals play an important role in preventing teen dating violence. They should understand the risk factors and warning signs of teen dating violence, as well as their role in promoting healthy teen relationships. All staff in schools implementing the Dating Matters comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model are strongly encouraged to complete this training. Anyone who wants to learn about teen dating violence prevention can take the Dating Matters Training for Educators!