If your child grows up seeing what healthy relationships look like, he or she may be less likely to abuse a dating partner, or to stay in an abusive relationship.(pdf) There are a few things that you can do to help stop teen dating violence in your community.
To counter such trends, counselors, teachers, ministers, and coaches across the country are mounting dating-violence prevention campaigns.
On the premise that battered girlfriends can grow up to be battered wives and bullying boys can turn into battering men, they are using classrooms and theaters to help teens establish healthy relationships and leave abusive ones."Because teenagers don't know what the rules of dating relationships are yet and don't know what their own boundaries are, it's very easy for girls to get into relationships like that and very difficult to extricate themselves," says Rosalind Wiseman, executive director of the Empower Program in Bethesda, Md.
That compares to adults where one-fourth of women who date and one-seventh of men who date experience dating abuse or violence.
Harrow is a martial artist who loves Aikido and a marketing strategist by trade.
The impact of domestic violence on children may continue through adolescence and adulthood.