Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
Dating Matters is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model that builds upon current evidence-based practice and experience to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among youth.
Three components of the Dating Matters comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model are currently available on CDC’s Veto Violence website.
CDC also developed technical packages to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent violence before it starts.
A technical package is a collection of strategies that represent the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems such as teen dating violence and intimate partner violence.
That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11 to 14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.
Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.Teaching healthy relationship skills and changing norms about violence can help prevent teen dating violence.Teens often think some behaviors, such as teasing and name-calling are a “normal” part of a relationship.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.Welcome to Do Something.org, a global movement of 5.5 million young people making positive change, online and off! February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Dating violence occurs between two people in a close relationship.The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual, and includes stalking.In a recent national survey, nearly 10 percent of high school students reported physical violence and 11 percent reported that they experienced sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months before the survey.Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college and throughout their lifetimes.Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.They might also engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.