This is particularly important for preteens who see intimate partner violence at home.They have a greater risk of becoming involved in an abusive act and traumatized in their own relationships, according to the AAP.For too long, anti-violence advocates have developed our approaches to ending teen dating violence based on an understanding of adult women’s experiences and needs.The solutions that we offer violence survivors – for example, domestic violence hotlines, or protective orders – are not solutions that youth can or will access.
Teens who are victims of dating violence are more likely to have problems with school, substance abuse, depression and social experiences, according to a recent study. The AAP urges parents to talk to their children about healthy relationships in middle school, before dating starts.
Metropolitan Family Services (Metro) will provide a ten-session dating violence curriculum for 7th and 8th grade students at the three elementary schools.
Using a variety of techniques such as role play, videos, creative expression, structured exercises, an anonymous "question box," and practice of new skills, the sessions will engage students in discussion of real life situations related to healthy and abusive relationships.
When teens reach age sixteen, relationships last an average of two years.
Older teens date more to find intimacy, companionship, affection, and social support.