The goal of the Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Project is to educate teens early so we can help avoid domestic violence in the future.
Classroom presentations are done by a presenter and an assistant in pairs.
You can talk one-on-one with a trained advocate 24/7 who can offer support and connect you to resources.1-866-331-9474 1-866-331-8453 (TTY) Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673) National Sexual Assault Online Hotline - Help and support for victims of sexual assault who may be unable or unsafe using a national telephone hotline. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233) 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) While the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (MDVPTB) does not provide direct support to individuals or their friends and family who are impacted by domestic, dating and sexual violence, we believe it is important to connect those seeking help to local agencies that do provide these critical services.
The MDVPTB funds 44 domestic violence agencies providing services to all 83 Michigan counties as well as 29 sexual assault agencies reaching 56 Michigan counties.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
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.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
What’s more, while 67% of parents believe they know what is occurring in their children’s intimate/dating relationships, only 51% of teens believed their parents knew “a lot” or “everything” about their relationship.
In a 2011 national study of over 15,000 high school students, 9.4% self-reported they had been physically harmed by their partner and 8% of students had been forced to have sex in the previous 12 months Teens frequently communicate with one another through cell phones, email, and social media sites.
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.
(pdf) Teen dating violence can include multiple forms of abuse including unwanted physical contact, sexual abuse, and/or psychological manipulation.
A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.