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Teen Dating Violence

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Teen dating violence is a widespread issue that can occur between current or former dating partners, and it's more prevalent than many may realize.

Examples of teen dating violence not only include physical and emotional harm, but also stalking. Ever-evolving technology and the prominent use of technology among teens makes them particularly vulnerable to cyberstalking, including unwanted contact via email and social media.

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Are resources available to help teens in abusive relationships? If you are a teen in an abusive relationship or are concerned about someone's safety, please contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline ...Read More

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Publications and Resources

Dating Matters®
Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop teen dating violence before it starts.
Funded in part by OVC, the website promotes awareness of healthy dating relationships by making vital resources accessible to help teens experiencing dating violence and offering tips on preventing abusive relationships.
Relationship Dynamics and Teen Dating Violence
This report presents findings on unique associations between relationship dynamics and teen dating violence, based primarily on NIJ-funded research and the broader literature on dating violence research, adolescent development, and romantic relationships.

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