Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship.
Hands are both weapons and signals, able to push someone away if needed, or simply convey "Stop that!
Strategy Educating teens about abusive relationships helps prevent teen dating violence.
Community Problem Addressed In dating situations, youth test their concepts of masculinity, femininity, respect, mutuality, and communication.
Many programs also create hotlines through which teens can report abuse or seek assistance.
Key Partnerships Usually operated through a partnership with a group that assists victims of domestic violence or an agency that serves youth, the school-based programs rely on trained youth who counsel peers, operate hotlines, and deliver curriculum lessons in the classroom.