Teen dating and domestic violence
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.Relationships play a huge part in our daily lives, and people describe relationships in many different ways.
Addressing teen dating violence and building healthy relationships takes work, and education is the first step.Remember that your safety and the safety of your friend or loved one is of the highest importance.We encourage you to talk to a trusted adult if you have safety concerns Teens have access to restraining orders if they feel unsafe in their relationships, even if they go to school with their abusive partner.Verbal and emotional abuse can happen in person, online, or through text messages.Verbal and emotional abuse can be much harder to recognize than physical or sexual assault, but they are no less damaging.It can be as simple as asking them what they are looking for in a relationship, telling them that they deserve to be treated with respect, or reminding them that you are there to listen if they ever need to talk.
Catalyst can provide a variety of tools for starting these conversations.
Maybe you and your friends call it “dating,” “going out,” “hooking up,” or “seeing each other”?
Regardless of how you describe it, Catalyst can give you tools and support to help you recognize what makes a relationship healthy or unhealthy, because everyone deserves to be treated with equality and respect.
You can also download the "Jealousy Ain't Love" booklet, and look through it on your own and/or with your teen(s).
If you are concerned about a teen, Catalyst is always available for additional support at 1.800.895.8476.
In fact, abusive relationships often start as emotionally or verbally abusive and can quickly escalate into physical or sexual violence.