Teen dating violence TDV occurs between two people in a close relationship and includes four types of behavior: physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression. TDV can take place in person or electronically, and it affects millions of U. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , nearly one in nine female teens and one in 13 male teens report experiencing physical dating violence in the last 12 months. Additionally, approximately one in seven female teens and one in nine male teens report experiencing sexual dating violence in the last 12 months. Unhealthy relationships during adolescence can disrupt emotional development and contribute to other long-term negative effects. According to the CDC, teens who experience dating violence are more likely to exhibit antisocial behaviors, engage in unhealthy behaviors such as tobacco, drug and alcohol use, experience depression and anxiety, and consider suicide.
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Do you think that teen dating violence can't happen to your son or daughter? Think she's too young to have that happen, or that it won't happen because he's a boy? National statistics from the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on teen dating violence tell a different story. In addition to physical violence, many teens are in controlling or emotionally abusive relationships.
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In , Congress dedicated the entire month of February to creating more awareness about teen dating violence and this February a local committee is once again spreading the message of relationship respect throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. Here is a list of events and ways you can get involved:. Promote respect and healthy relationships by wearing orange on Feb. Individuals are encouraged to not only wear orange, but to talk about the meaning behind their fashion choice and encourage education through conversation! We will be hosting a contest Feb.
By Winchester Sun. Email the author. However, these behaviors can easily develop into more serious forms of violence and abuse. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.