Author Affiliations: Harvard Children's Initiative, Harvard University (Dr Silverman), Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health (Dr Raj), Bureau of Health Statistics, Research, and Evaluation (Ms Mucci), and Bureau of Family and Community Health (Dr Hathaway), Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston.Dr Silverman is now with the Division of Public Health Practice and Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.Context Intimate partner violence against women is a major public health concern.
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We hope the website and brochure will help you learn more about the issues surrounding teen dating violence.
The resources and information are a first step in the education on this important issue.
Tweens and teens are experiencing disturbing levels of violence in their dating relationships, but only half recognize the warning signs of a dangerous relationship.
A 2008 study commissioned by Liz Claiborne and found: Abuse in a dating relationship can be confusing and frightening at any age.
But for teenagers, who are just beginning to date and develop romantic relationships, this abuse is especially difficult.When the abuse is physical or sexual, it can be easy to identify.Emotional abuse is much harder to recognize, but no less damaging.At the 2008 Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Attorneys General from across the nation passed a resolution encouraging schools to develop teen dating violence awareness curriculum.The Washington State Attorney General's office already has a number of resources available to help, including: Schools, parents, teachers, and community organizations all can help identify dating violence and provide support for abuse victims.But teens themselves must also learn how to reach out and help friends who are victims of relationship abuse.