• Hadlie Kelly

How To Prevent Teen Dating Violence

Updated: Apr 11




Have you ever been a part of an unhealthy relationship? Maybe you say no, maybe you are unsure, that is completely normal. There are many interpretations on what is and is not a healthy relationship. Throughout the blog, we will explore this to make sure you are in a safe environment with your partner. Safety is the number one priority for all people of all ages. If teen dating violence can be prevented before it starts, it would make a huge impact for adolescent development.




What is Teen Dating Violence?

Teen dating violence is a consensual relationship, in the context of a past or present romantic relationship between two adolescents (between the ages of 12 and 18) that participate in acts of physical, psychological, sexual abuse, harassment, or stalking. Most of the time, only one of the partners participate in these acts.


Let’s say you have plans with your friends on a Saturday night. You get dressed up and put makeup on. You send a snapchat to your partner to show how pretty you look before you head out. After he opens the snapchat, he starts to blow up your phone through many calls and texts. You answer the phone to him saying you can’t wear that outfit because you look too available. This act is an example of teen dating violence.


You may think this is a “reasonable” thing for your partner to do; but it is not. This scenario represents the partner being controlling of the other. That leads to psychological abuse, harassment, or even stalking.




Prevalence

Teen dating violence has been slowly increasing over time and it has impacted the development of many adolescents. Teen dating violence can cause mental health issues among our youth such as anxiety and depression. These mental health issues are not something that we want an adolescent to go through. They need to happy during their teenage life while focusing on their schooling, personal development, and family relationships. Teen dating violence can put these things to a halt in a blink of an eye.


One in three teenagers, nearly 1.5 million, in romantic relationships admit to being in unhealthy relationships with their partners. 25% of teenage girls were estimated to have been in an abusive relationship. Also, girls between the ages of 16 and 24 are three times more likely to be abused by an intimate partner.




Adolescent Development

This stage of life is one of the most difficult stages one will navigate. The rapid growth that one faces emotionally and physically makes for a big challenge. Being a part of a domestic violence situation does not help teen development cognitively, physically, or environmentally.


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