© Susan Mc Quillan Source Links: Newport Academy Heather Senior Monroe, MSW, LCSW References: CDC Dating Abuse Statistics Teen dating violence (Physical and Sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. May 2015;169(5):474-482 Edwards KM, Eckstein RP, Rodenhizer-Stampfli KA. Dating and Sexual Aggression Bystander Intervention among high school youth.
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Often traumatized, says Heather Senior Monroe, MSW, LCSW, psychotherapist, trauma specialist, and senior clinician at Newport Academy, a nationwide treatment center for teenagers and their families.
Dating abuse often starts in high school, or even earlier, but doesn’t end there.
Unhealthy relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse.
That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11 to 14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.
Dating violence is defined as a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors perpetrated by a current or former dating partner.Adult victims of rape and other forms of physical or psychological abuse have reported some form of earlier intimate partner violence as early as 11 years of age.Teenagers who are victims of dating abuse in high school are at higher than average risk of similar victimization when they get to college.Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.