During the month of February advocates for healthy relationships across the nation raise awareness about the epidemic of teen dating violence. Teen dating violence is the type of intimate partner violence occurs between two young adults who are currently in a relationship or were previously in a relationship. Dating violence is a serious problem in the United States. Dating violence is made up of behaviors that physically harm, cause fear or prevent a partner from doing what they wish.

Did you know that:

  • 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
  • 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser after the onset of violence.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • Nearly 81% of high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

Dating violence can take occur in person, online or through technology. The different types of abuse include:

  • Physical violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Psychological
  • Stalking
  • Technological abuse

Teen dating violence profoundly impacts your overall wellbeing and mental health. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.  The good news is violence is preventable through education and information. We can all help young people be part of healthy relationships that promote individual growth, respect and success.

The Domestic Abuse Program at Goodman Jewish Family Services provides free workshops to the teens and adults in the community in an effort to provide education about unhealthy and abusive relationships. The goal of these workshops is to provide the needed education to teens so they can identify unhealthy and abusive relationships and prevent further involvement in these relationships.

If you are interested in a workshop please contact the Domestic Abuse Manager at 954-909-0796.