February is Teen Dating Violence awareness month. It’s a problem that can take many different forms, and it can oftem be difficult ot discuss.
Director of Empowerment at the YWCA Northeast Indiana Jennifer Rohlf says 1 and 3 teens will experience dating abuse in their lifetime. The YWCA is hoping to bring awareness to this issue that it’s happening right here in Fort Wayne.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence estimates 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience some type of physical abuse by a person they’re in a relationship with.
Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenage dating partners, according to the NRCDV.
The violence can occur in different forms: verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and digital. Experts suggest teens involved in an abusive relationship are more likely to be involved in an abusive relationship as an adult.
Research also finds that teenagers subject to abuse can become violent and abusive as adults.
Nearly 50 percent of women and 40 percent of men will experience relationship violence for the first time between the ages of 18 and 24.
According to a 2010 survey, 58 percent of college students don’t know how to help someone who is a victim of relationship violence.
The YWCA Northeast Indiana provides resource for teens and parents on the subject. You can click here for more information.