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Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.Help Prevent Reproductive Coercion by Screening Youth for Dating Violence Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (2016) Offers various screening tools in order to prevent, identify, and respond to teen dating violence.Screening tools include a Red Flags Universal Teen Dating Violence screen and Student Health services Dating Abuse Screening and Response Protocol.The impact of domestic violence on children may continue through adolescence and adulthood.
Adolescents who have grown up in violent homes are at risk of recreating the abusive relationships they have seen.The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.Love Is Not Abuse: A Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Prevention Curriculum High School Edition (PDF - 497 KB) Love is Not Abuse (2012) Provides lessons designed to help teenagers understand patterns of abuse in dating relationships and methods of prevention.Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2016) Emphasizes collaborative and multilevel approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence by providing audience-specific information.See our disclaimer about external links and our quality guidelines.