Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

From Children's Safety Network: New Research on the Science behind Teen Dating Violence and What Educators and Public Health Officials Can Do to Stop It

In recognition of Congress' designation of February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Children's Safety Network is pleased to provide this blog post centered around the critical issue of teen dating violence.

In the past 12 months, have you been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by your boyfriend or girlfriend? According to the CDC's 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, nearly 10 percent of teenagers - 1 in 10 youth - said "Yes." Looking at the research, that number can jump as high as 35 percent, depending on the teen populations being studied; how abuse is defined; if teens are asked about their full or recent dating history; and whether researchers are measuring both victims and perpetrators.