According to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline, each year 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner. Only one-third of those victims seek help. Dating violence is the verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of a partner. Teen victims of dating violence pose a higher risk of substance abuse, eating disorders as well as a risk of future abuse (National Domestic Abuse Hotline, 2015). To address this serious problem, The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and AlertID have joined forces to raise awareness and offer warning signs, advice for parents, and resources for victims.
The National Crime Prevention Council, (Home to McGruff the Crime Dog®) is the nonprofit leader in crime prevention. “We need to start early in teaching young people strategies to recognize healthy dating relationships,” said Ann M. Harkins, NCPC President and CEO. “Prevention is key to protecting our children and making sure they never feel the sting of domestic abuse.”
AlertID, your neighborhood safety network, encourages families to be proactive about their safety and that of their children. According to AlertID founder, Keli Wilson, “We work hard every day to get critical information to our members to help protect their families. We encourage every parent to take a few minutes to review these important tips and talk to their teens about this serious issue.”
Please review the following warning signs, tips and resources about Teen Dating Violence.
Warning signs: · Makes excuses and apologizes for his or her partner’s behaviors · Often has unexplained injuries, such as bruises or body pain · Isolates him or herself from family and friends and only deals with his or her partner ·The dating partner frequently texts or calls demanding to know where and with whom he or she has been · Is frequently upset or depressed but is unwilling to discuss the cause.
For more information on how NCPC can be a public safety expert for you or how to “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®,” visit www.ncpc.org.