Stop teen dating

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More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year.

As a parent, or as someone who may interact with teens frequently, one of the most important things you can do is to keep the lines of communication open.

Unfortunately, the number of teens who suffer from abuse in relationships is not small: nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced physical, emotional, and sexual violence in a relationship during their adolescent years.

Many of the contributing factors are preventable, and NIDA needs your help to spread the word and stop the violence. Here are some signs that a partner might have abusive tendencies.

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CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is leading the initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.

Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college and throughout their lifetimes.

Teaching healthy relationship skills and changing norms about violence can help prevent teen dating violence.

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—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence.

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