Teen violence refers to harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood. The young person can be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence. Violent acts can include. Bullying. Fighting, including punching, kicking, slapping, or hitting.
Nearly 60 percent of all young women have experienced abuse: 29 percent of women surveyed said they’d been in an abusive relationship. 62 percent of those women have been hit, shoved, or slapped. 11 percent of those who say their partner is currently abusive predict he “will seriously hurt or kill me.”
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
If you are experiencing any type of abuse contact Love n Me or your local police department.
Tips for Parents
- Start talking about ways to reduce or eliminate violence.
- Team up with other parents and get involved in your community; join your neighbors in activities to reduce violence.
- Talk to your teen about ways to solve arguments and fights without weapons or violence.
- Advise your teen to talk to you or a trusted adult to avoid potentially violent situations.
- If you suspect a problem with your teen, start talking about it.
- Please visit our website at www.lovenmeorg
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