Solutions to teenage dating violence

They have a greater risk of becoming involved in an abusive act and traumatized in their own relationships, according to the AAP.Parents can play a key role in prevention by being a positive role model.During the teenage years, young people are trying to come into their own and often rebel against their parents and other adults, which is why they often chose friends and relationships that their parents disapprove of, including dating older men.I hate when I am working with a teenage girl and she tells me she is dating an older man, usually because I know that this relationship, while to her may be idyllic and dreamy, is more often a disaster waiting to happen on so many levels.When children understand what a healthy relationship is, they are less likely to accept dating violence and are more likely to have positive attitudes toward gender equality, according to a recent study.Healthy parent-child relationships also lead to more satisfaction in romantic relationships.If they were good, she was happy, going to class, doing good.If he was ignoring her, she was depressed, missing class, consumed with anxiety.

Dating violence is emotional, physical or mental abuse within the bounds of a romantic or potential relationship, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.

If you notice controlling behavior, sudden mood changes or threats of violence from your significant other, get help immediately.

Some dating violence occurs on the first or second date when two people aren’t necessarily a couple.

Nearly 1 in 5 Chicago youth is experiencing violence in a dating relationship – and the numbers are rising.

To turn those numbers around, we will need to change our discourse about the issue; develop approaches that derive from the experiences and needs of young people; and promote systems change.

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