Every victim, however - male or female - deserves support, options, resources, and safety, therefore, the resources listed here are ready to help any victim, regardless of gender.
Being a teenager is exciting, challenging, and confusing.
It may start as early as middle school when youth start dating for the first time.
The dangerous effects of teen dating violence and sexual assault can significantly affect the rest of a teenager’s life if it is not prevented or stopped. Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens.
The abusive partner uses this pattern of violent and coercive behavior to gain power and maintain control over the dating partner.
Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of emotional, verbal, sexual, or physical abuse used by one person in a current or past dating relationship to exert power and control over another when one or both of the partners is a teenager.
requires school districts to adopt and implement a policy prohibiting dating violence and abuse by any student on school property, during a school sponsored activity, or during school-sponsored transportation, and providing procedures for responding to such incidents of dating violence or abuse, including accommodations for students experiencing dating violence or abuse.
Even after the violence has ended, victims are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, including binge drinking, cocaine use, suicide attempts, and eating disorders. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus. Click here for a list of Philadelphia organizations and resources that can help if you or a friend is experiencing teen dating violence.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24-hour, confidential, toll-free hotline created through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the United States.