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Breakup violence among teens is a crime that has no zip code. A relationship ends and what happens is an emotional surge of uncontrollable anger.
They may feel helpless to stop the abuse, or feel threatened or humiliated.
You must understand that nothing you say or do gives anyone the right to abuse, intimidate, or hurt you. If something feels uncomfortable or wrong with the relationship, then it is not healthy.
Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.
Choose focuses on preventing dating abuse by educating 11- 14-year-olds about healthy relationships.
The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund was created by her parents.
That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11 to 14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.
"We were sitting in his car outside of our house talking, and we got into an argument about his friends. Well, Brad got so mad that he slapped me in the face.
Here are some additional warning signs your relationship is in trouble: Some teens involved in unhealthy or abusive relationships think it's their fault.
Here are some tips for ending an unhealthy or abusive relationship: While teens can find themselves in an unhealthy or abusive relationship through no fault of their own, it's important to avoid letting these relationships become a pattern.
Try these suggestions to ensure that all of your relationships are healthy and beneficial: Relationships are an important part of life, and they should be special and fun.
The site offers fact sheets, information, and resources about teen dating abuse to help teens, their parents and friends understand more about this growing problem.