Posted by Kristen Barton. Note: This is not something we as a society should only spend a month focusing on; it deserves constant prevention efforts and attention. It is also important to realize dating violence happens to young people and teenagers. Teen dating violence is physical, sexual, psychological, emotional violence or stalking by a former or current partner. It is important to remember, recognize and prevent other forms of violence as well.
Seeing your teen off on a date can make you nervous. But parents also must think about a very frightening topic—teen dating violence. Teen dating violence is worrisome. But it's not inevitable. You and your teen can avoid possibly unsafe situations and reduce the risk for problems.
Whether you are a parent, a friend, or a teen yourself — knowing about the violence that can occur during teen dating, as well as the signs of abuse, can help save a life. More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. As a parent, or as someone who may interact with teens frequently, one of the most important things you can do is to keep the lines of communication open.
From the outside, most teen couples you see in the hallways at school look pretty normal. In fact, they probably seem so close. But if you look a little closer you would see that something is terribly wrong. She is wearing long sleeves on a humid day to hide the bruises on her arms where he squeezed her when he was angry.