Dating violence awareness
While anyone can be affected by domestic violence, teens are more likely to be affected by the long-term effects of abuse: depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, suicidal tendencies, and an increased risk for victimization during college.
It can be easy to overlook some behaviors like teasing or name calling as “normal” in a relationship, but these acts can escalate to abuse or more serious forms of violence.
ED, its federal partners, and a growing number of schools nationwide are committed to increasing awareness of teen dating violence by educating the public about healthy relationships.
In many cases, teens in abusive relationships experience severe psychological conflict which can lead to changes in their behavior.
Some warning signs to watch out for include increased levels of aggression, isolation from family and friends, and erratic mood swings.