In addition, prevention should address all types of influences on youth violence: individual, relationship, community, and society.
Effective prevention strategies are necessary to promote awareness about youth violence and to foster the commitment to social change.
To protect youth, adults need to recognize the seriousness of teen relationships, know the warning signs of abuse, and communicate early and often about healthy relationships.August 28, 2017Recent research has documented the emergence of dating violence behaviors among middle-school-aged youth. Sullivan at Virginia Commonwealth University led a project funded by NIJ in order to better understand dating violence for early identification and development of targeted prevention and intervention strategies.Youth violence prevention—one of the oldest fields in violence—continues to advance rapidly.Many prevention tools have been developed and implemented; many of these prevention programs and strategies have been evaluated, and found to be effective at preventing violence and related behaviors among youth.Such evidence-based programs have shown positive effects in rigorous evaluations.
Teen dating violence — also called intimate relationship violence or intimate partner violence among adolescents or adolescent relationship abuse — includes physical, psychological or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship.
Behavior that is normal in one relationship may be abusive in a different relationship.
However, the following warning signs are generally indicative of abuse.
A consistent definition is needed to monitor the prevalence of sexual violence and examine trends over time.
A consistent definition also helps in determining the magnitude of sexual violence and aids in comparing the problem across jurisdictions.
This can cause serious physical, emotional, and mental damage to a developing teen.