Teen Dating Violence

Girlz Takin’ Action Program

Girlz Takin’ Action, a program dedicated to helping young girls to understand what domestic violence is. We are worried about young girls getting pregnant and contracting STDs, but we should also be teaching them about domestic violence and teen dating violence. 

Girlz Takin’ Action will allow girls to take trips to women's shelters to show them the road they can go down if they allow themselves to be abused. We want to help girls on the start of their life journey. 

Last February we worked with Humboldt High school to bring attention & awareness to Teen Dating Violence, teens signed a pledge to respect his or her boyfriend/girlfriend! Liz's Daughter hopes to reach more schools this upcoming year.

If you would like to have a presentation at your school please contact Marie at lizsdaughter@gmail.com.

February is Teen DV Month

Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about relationships, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.

The History of Teen DV Month

For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in 2005 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February "National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." Then in 2010, Congress began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

Now in its third year, Teen DV Month is celebrated by leaders in government, student bodies, schools, youth service providers, community-based organizations, parents and more. Join us in promoting awareness of and preventing dating abuse.

Dating Abuse Statistics

Young adult dating violence is a big problem, affecting youth in every community across the nation. Learn the facts below.

Too Common

Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a
single year.

1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.

1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.

Why Focus on Young People?

Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence
-- almost triple the national average.

Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of
12 and 18.

The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are “dating".

Long-lasting Effects

Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.

Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.

Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.

Dating Violence and the Law

Eight states currently do not include dating relationships
in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders.

New Hampshire is the only state where the law specifically allows a minor of any age to apply for a protection order; more than half of states do not specify the minimum age of
a petitioner.

Currently only one juvenile domestic violence court in the country focuses exclusively on teen dating violence.

Lack of Awareness

Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship
ever told anyone about the abuse.

81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.

A teen’s confusion about the law and their desire for 
confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers
stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.

Source: http://www.loveisrespect.org
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