More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. According to the 2007 YouthRisk Behavior Survey, approximately 10 percent of adolescents nationwide reported being the victim of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner during the previous year. The rate of the psychological victimization is even higher: Between two and three in 10 reported being verbally or psychologically abused in the previous year, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Most teenagers do not experience physical aggression when they date. However, for one and 10 teens, abuse is a very real part of dating in relationships.
At Jefferson Comprehensive Health Center, your health is our business. We believe that prevention is the key so protect your teen's physical and mental health. You can make a difference through effective communication and by getting involved.