What is teen dating violence?

February 6th, 2018 - Brett Diaz

By: Sierra Schnitzer, LMHC

The national resource center on domestic violence defines Teen Dating Violence (TDV) as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners. This can occur in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and digital. Teen domestic violence occurs across diverse groups and cultures.

One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. February is teen dating violence awareness month(#TeenDVmonth). This is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teens and young adults and to promote dating violence prevention. Each week we will be sharing information on TDV warning signs, statistics, and how to help a friend. See below for tips on how to support someone who has been affected by teen dating violence.

Tuesday February 13th is Wear Orange 4 Love Day (#Orange4love) in order to raise awareness about teen dating violence. Wear orange and share your story with #Oranage4Love, #loveisrespect and #TeenDVmonth.

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