Teen Dating Violence Prevention The statistics on teen dating violence are a call to action. 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.” Our response is critical.“Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. Setting the course for healthy relationships begins with education in the home and in our school districts.
In addition to teaching relationship skills, prevention programs can focus on promoting protective factors—that is, characteristics of a teen’s environment that can support healthy development—and positive youth development.It is imperative that we arm our students with the necessary tools to prevent dating and sexual violence.We must have these conversations early, as a means to dispel many pervasive myths about love, and to establish a new norm for what a healthy relationship is. The program guides students to answer the following questions: What is a healthy relationship, and what are the red flags that a relationship may be abusive?At the middle school level, this program introduces students to appropriate behaviors in a dating relationship, the differences between flirting and sexual harassment, and the importance of learning to set boundaries.In high school, students receive a comprehensive overview of teen dating violence and how to prevent it.