What does an abusive relationship look like? The immediate scenario that pops into your head is likely not a teen or pre-teen couple. But unfortunately, teen dating violence is reality for 1. Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of becoming teen dating abuse victims. Dating violence is defined as a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors perpetrated by a current or former dating partner.
Abusers can be male or female, and experts are seeing these patterns of behavior in younger and younger students as pre-teens and elementary students engage in dating relationships before developing healthy relationship skills and boundaries. Abuse occurs in-person as well as through cyberbullying and cyber-control. Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
When unchecked, abusive behaviors typically escalate as an abuser gets older, making it essential for teens to get help at the first sign of abuse. Just Say YES speakers are dedicated to reducing these numbers through presenting ways of effectively addressing boundaries in dating, refusal skills, and establishing a positive circle of friends.
Friends and trusted adults can help students recognize unhealthy relationships and empower them to establish healthy boundaries. Book one of our speakers to give a teen dating violence program at your school. Encouraging or demanding that a partner neglect relationships with friends and family. Young teens often do not realize that this kind of control is abusive. Manipulation of a victim through fear. This can come through aggressive behavior, such as punching a wall, or maintaining a threatening proximity to the victim.
The abuser may also threaten to harm himself or others as a coercion technique. This includes hitting, slapping, shoving, kicking, hair pulling, biting, throwing things, choking, and any use of a weapon against a victim.
This also includes sexual contact with a partner who is intoxicated or drugged and unable to give clear and informed consent. The use of any technology to control, pressure, or threaten a dating partner. Intimidation Manipulation of a victim through fear. What we do Just Say YES provides programs that not only present the dangerous facts about teen dating violence, but take one step further to equip students to make better decisions.
Our positive approach to prevention gives students the knowledge and awareness to avoid or seek help for dating violence. Just Say YES speakers connect with middle and high school students through their own personal stories, the latest research and practical, relevant steps to get help. Contact us to have a Program Coordinator work with you to schedule a teen dating violence program for your school.