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Dating safety for teens

Prevention: Close to half of adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14 have dated (Liz Claiborne, Inc./Teen Research Unlimited, Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, 2008).

Since dating relationships begin in early adolescence, prevention programs must start with this age group in order to be effective in deterring teen dating violence.

Magnitude of the Problem: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9% of high school students reported that they had been purposely physically hurt by a dating partner in the past year (CDC – 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance questionnaire).

A survey of adult victims of dating violence found that nearly 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men first experienced partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17 (CDC, 2012 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey).

Sometimes, however, these relationships can be unhealthy and can be harmful either to you or other people involved.

Unhealthy relationships can be risky because someone can get hurt emotionally or physically.

To view the complete findings on the Futures Without Violence website, click here. You may not know it but what you’ve done for me has helped to save my life.

Sometimes a relationship can start out as healthy and become unhealthy over time.

When we get together and share and talk about the violence each of us have endured at the hands of a loved one, it builds a safety net to help individuals get to a better place.”“Therapy and recovery takes a lot of time, but I am worth it!

I’m so grateful for the Family Safety Center and the Exchange Club for educating me and providing me a safe space to begin my healing process.

For many violent teens, it’s what they know from seeing domestic violence in their parents’ relationships, and it transfers into the relationships they start developing as young adults.

Part of the work of Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County is to spread awareness and education about domestic violence, including teen dating violence, throughout our community.

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