• Abuse siblings, other family members, children, or pets. ” In all relationships, communication, respect, and boundary-setting is essential, said Verdery.• Put down people, including your family and friends, or call them names. • Try to isolate you and control whom you see or where you go. But that doesn’t necessarily mean one strike and you’re out.The 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey [2.77MB,180Pages, 508] found that nearly 12% of high school females reported physical violence and nearly 16% reported sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.For high school males, more than 7% reported physical violence and about 5% reported sexual violence from a dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.Teen dating violence [187KB, 2Pages, 508] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional aggression within a dating relationship, including stalking.“The data definitely shows that a lot of relationships do contain components of violence or control at a higher rate than any of us want our kids to experience,” said Angela Verdery, public information manager at Safe Harbor, a Henrico-based organization that offers emergency shelter, court advocacy, and counseling services.
Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence.Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.