February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which marks the 10th year of raising awareness and engaging in activism to address and prevent teen dating violence. Teen dating violence is associated with a number of negative health impacts, including:

  • Teens experiencing teen dating violence are more likely to suffer long-term negative behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, depression, cigarette smoking and marijuana use.
  • Teen victims of physical dating violence are more likely than their non-abused peers to engage in unhealthy diet behaviors (taking diet pills or laxatives or vomiting to lose weight).

Healthcare providers can play an important role in addressing and preventing teen dating violence. See our clinical guidelines for adolescent health settings for how to prepare your practice and use a trauma-informed approach to addressing and preventing dating violence. Also take a look at our Training-of-Trainers curriculum for adolescent health settings, as well as our adolescent safety cards: Hanging Out or Hooking Up? and Beyond Halal and Haram: Muslims, Sex, and Relationships.

Lastly, see our webinar archives for more info about teen dating violence prevention: