Among 11-14 year olds in relationships, 62 percent say they know friends who have been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend, according to a Liz Claiborne Foundation study.
According to a 2010 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,546,000 Florida women will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Most blend issues of: Primary prevention: stopping violence before it starts - examining healthy relationships and gender stereotypes with Secondary prevention: addressing dating violence as it happens - examining bystander behavior and how to get help.
Teens are told how to get help for themselves, and how to help a friend who is being abused.Abusers often use physical violence, threats, emotional abuse, harassment, or stalking to control their boyfriend's or girlfriend's behavior. When you interact with a romantic partner, friend, or your child, make sure to show respect and appreciation for that person.If your child grows up seeing what healthy relationships look like, he or she may be less likely to abuse a dating partner, or to stay in an abusive relationship.These numbers and the potential lifelong impacts of such behaviors are startling.However, research from CDC also indicates that teen dating violence is preventable and educators are an important part of the solution.