Dating violence awareness prevention month
It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.According to researchers at the University of Buffalo research institute on addictions, teen dating Violence isn’t just a teenage problem.Rather, “the risk for aggressive behavior and involvement in dating Violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life.” If, between preschool and middle school, a child has an alcoholic or drug addicted parent, they are much more likely to be abusive to partners in future relationships. There could be a number of reasons to explain the relationship between a parent’s addictions and a teen’s behavior.Unhealthy behaviors can be incredibly dangerous in a teenage relationship.Teens under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more likely to become: Alcohol-charged outbursts also tend to be more violent and damaging.A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.
The campaign, developed with local youth organization Pr YSM (Providence Youth Student Movement) and our partners Center for Southeast Asians, Providence Public School District, Sojourner House, and Youth Pride, Inc., was made possible thanks to the Office on Violence Against Women.
All teens who are involved in abusive relationships are more likely to abuse prescription opioid medications.
Abusing drugs and alcohol won’t just affect a teenager’s relationships. Teens may begin to choose drugs and alcohol over school, friends, sports, and family.
Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!
This campaign aims to empower young people to build healthy relationships from the ground up.
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Researchers believe that a parent’s addictions change the family dynamic and cause children to become more aggressive.