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National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 01, 2018

More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or a girlfriend in the last year. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. 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 Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.
How are Public Health Authorities make a Difference?
• Using this month to raise awareness about teen dating violence and take action toward a solution for both home and in the local communities.
What is Dating Violence?
Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, pyschological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can also occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Here are different words describing teen dating violence:
• Relationship abuse
• Intimate partner violence
• Relationship violence
• Dating abuse
• Domestic abyse
• Domestic violence
What are the consequences of dating violence?
As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen. They make experience the following;
• Symptoms of depression or anxiety
• Thoughts about suicide
• Engagement of unhealthy behaviors such as drug use or alcohol
Make a Difference!
• Be a role model- treat your kids with respect and others
• Start talking to your kids at an early age about healthy relationships
• Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school
For more information contact the Manalapan Township Health Department:
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Manalapan Town Hall 120 Route 522 & Taylors Mills Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726
Phone: (732) 446-8345 Fax: (732) 446-1576

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