The Problem

Teen Dating Violence

We all have experienced the desire to go out with that cute girl or guy who sits on the other side of the classroom, our best friend, or the person who just keeps looking at us during class… Whatever the case is, it is so important to understand that we should be valued for who we are. Healthy relationships are based on respect, affection, friendship, and equal opportunity for both individuals.

Healthy relationships feel fun, they feel safe, they feel mutual. Whether you’re BF/GF, going out, hooking up, crushing on, or just talking to them, no one u care about should ever make you  feel uncomfortable or pressure you  to make decisions that you are not sure about.

We strongly believe Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is unacceptable in our society. There are so many organizations dedicated to educating teens and their parents about TDV and how to develop healthy relationships.  We hope that this website will give you good info about healthy relationships and resources to help support a friend who is dealing with TDV.

According to the Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2011, 11.3 percent of high school students in Indiana report having been physically hurt by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey. It is also important to remember that TDV includes psychological/emotional, sexual, tech and physical abuse. You don’t have to be hit or pushed for your relationship to be abusive.

Have you ever felt you or someone you know is being abused by her or his partner? There are resources out there for you and your friends. In most cases, there are family and friends, or folks at school who will be willing to listen to your concerns. Talk to that person you trust the most about your relationship.

 What is Teen Dating Violence?  

Teen dating violence is a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, financial, verbal/emotional abuse, sexual or reproductive coercion, social sabotage, and/or sexual harassment perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former partner or a person with whom the teen has some kind of intimate relationship (Ohio Domestic Violence Network, 2010).It’s hard to describe the complexity of an abusive relationship because a healthy relationship is complex by itself.  However, it should be clear that love is respect, friendship, and affection.

What is a Healthy Relationship?

According to Kids Health, healthy relationships are based on mutual respect, trust, honesty, support, fairness, separate identities, and good communication. If you are in a relationship or have a friend in a relationship, take the time to read and think about these seven qualities. Do they apply to this relationship? There are many resources out there to help teens find out whether or not they are in a healthy relationship. Please visit our teen dating violence prevention resources page to get more information.