Lets end dating violence

Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online, according to a fact sheet from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing, possessiveness, and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.

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This year the LEAH program (Let’s End Abusive Households) of Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona is focusing on raising awareness about teen dating violence and abuse.

Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.

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However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

The following facts cited by the CDC demonstrate the prevalence of this issue in the adolescent world and the need for personal, family and community action. Mutual individuality — Neither partner should have to compromise who they are, and their identity should not be based on the other partner’s. Nonviolent communication — Each partner should feel safe to speak honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication and to enhance understanding. Healthy boundaries are in place — emotionally, socially and sexually. Fear, control and coercion — do not exist in a healthy relationship. Control — One dating partner makes all the decisions and can dictate what the other partner does, what they wear, or who they spend time with. Isolation — One dating partner is unreasonably jealous and/or will try to isolate the other partner from their friends and family. Dependence — One dating partner feels that they “cannot live without” the other.

13% of teen girls in a relationship report being physically abused.

73% of teens say they would turn to a friend if they were trapped in an abusive relationship.

February is a special month for us here at FUTURES.

It’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month―a national awareness initiative to promote healthy, respectful relationships.

Nearly 1 in 5 teen girls who had been in a relationship says a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm when presented with a break-up.

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