There is a lot of pressure on teens to have a boyfriend or girlfriend in order to fit in. - Has your teenager lost interest in school, friends, time with family, activities?
Often teens have a little or no knowledge of healthy versus unhealthy dating relationships. • Making and/or carrying out threats to do something to hurt another. - Does your teenager apologize for the partner's behaviour to you and others?
But unfortunately, teen dating violence is reality for 1.5 million high school students across the US every year who experience some form of dating violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend.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.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.If you find yourself constantly asking yourself if you are overreacting or being too sensitive, it is time to move on.