School personnel are a vital partner in preventing, assessing risk, and intervening in Teen Dating Abuse. Why should School Educators start talking to students about dating abuse?

  • 72% of 7th graders report they are dating

  • ONE in THREE teens report experiencing dating abuse

  • Most never tell

  • Decrease in grades & attendance

  • Binge drinking

  • Attempted suicide

  • Engage in physical fighting

  • A greater likelihood of teen pregnancy

 

What is dating abuse?

The physical, sexual, digital, verbal, psychological/emotional abuse within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner.

Educators are often unaware that teens are experiencing dating abuse.

 

EDUCATOR CHECK LIST

MTLGGazTa copy Decrease in grades & attendance

MTLGGazTa copy Depression or anxiety

MTLGGazTa copy Stops activities they enjoy

MTLGGazTa copy Dating partner is extremely jealous and possessive

MTLGGazTa copy Dressing differently

MTLGGazTa copy Stops spending time with friends

Strategies that promote healthy relationships are vital. School-based programs change norms, improve problem-solving, and address dating violence.

 

FOUR STEP APPROACH

 Get the Facts

Know the warning signs and how to identify abusive relationships.

2 Talk About Healthy Relationships

Talk with your students. Your family. Your friends. Your neighbors and your schools.

3 Speak Out

Ask your school to raise awareness.

 Connect to Programming

Ask your principal and school district superintendent to implement What is LOVE prevention programs at each high school. Contact us to learn how to contact your school at info@whatisloveteens.org

GOALS

  • Identify and avoid abusive relationships

  • Recognize harm caused by unhealthy relationships

  • Identify and practice healthy relationship skills

  • Empower teens to ask for help

PROGRAMMING

  • All-School Awareness Campaign

  • Teen workshop curriculum

  • Professional Learning

  • Parent Awareness

  • Print-ready Outreach Materials

  • Evaluation

Click Here to Download the PDF of “An Educator’s Guide”