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Healthy Teen Relationships: Preventing Teen Dating Violence

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1 Healthy Teen Relationships: Preventing Teen Dating Violence

Developed by Karen A. Duncan, M.A, LSW, LMFT The Right To Be Safe, Inc.

To highlight for teens what it means to have a healthy relationship during adolescence. To encourage fun and safe dating for teens. To help identify when relationships are not safe. To encourage teens to talk adult who will help. To educate parents about teen dating violence. To advocate for classroom prevention education programs with middle school and high school students. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

3 Part One What Teens Deserve

4 What Teens Deserve: Teens have the right to respect.


5 What Teens Need When Dating



7 There were 209,880 sexual assaults in the United States in 2003.

Date Rape is Serious! There were 209,880 sexual assaults in the United States in 2003. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006




GHB – A liquid with no odor or color; a white powder or pill. Rohypnol – A pill that dissolves in liquids. Newer pills turn blue in liquid. Older pills have no color. Ketamine – A white powder. Used with animals to put them to sleep. Alcohol – Impairs judgment, memory and ability to judge risk or to give full consent. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

Stand against sexual assault and violence. Speak to friends they know are abusive. Encourage friends to get help from an adult. Admit that violence is a weapon to gain power and control. Talk about how you value healthy relationships. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

12 Part Two How Often?

13 Prevalence of Teen Dating Violence (1)

How often do teens report dating violence? Up to 24.4% of adolescent females. Up to 9.9% of adolescent males. Report experiencing physical and/or sexual violence and emotional and verbal abuse in dating relationships. (1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003). Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

14 Types of Teen Dating Violence

Sexual assault: (2) 11.9% of girls 6.1% of boys 12.3% of Black students 10.4% of Hispanic students 7.3% of White students (2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003). Physical assault: (3) 45.5% of girls 42.2% of boys Girls are more frequently and more severely injured than boys. (3) California Student Survey ( ). Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

15 A Pathway to Violence Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

16 Part Three: Gender Differences

TDV: Teen Dating Violence

17 Gender Differences in TDV: Overall Frequency (4)


18 Gender Differences in TDV: Types of Violence (4)

Girls report more severe violence: Punched Forced sexual activity Choked Threatened with a weapon Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

19 Gender Differences in TDV: Types of Violence (4)

Boys report less severe forms of violence: Hair pulled Scratched Slapped Pinched Kicked Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

20 Gender Differences in TDV: Impact of Violence (4)


21 Gender Differences in TDV: Reactions to Violence (4)


22 Gender Differences in TDV: Initiation of Violence (4)

Girls reported their dating partners initiated the abuse 70% of the time. Boys reported their dating partners initiated the abuse 27% of the time. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

23 Gender Differences in TDV: Reasons for the Violence (4)


24 Reporting TDV (4) Less than 3% of students reported the abusive incident to authorities (police, counselor or teacher). Only 6% recounted the incident to a family member. 61% told a friend. Over 30% told no one at all. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006


26 Part Four Effects of TDV

27 Impact of Teen Dating Violence

Karen Duncan 2006

28 School Safety March 27, 2003 (Austin, Texas) a 15 year old sophomore broke up with her 16 year old boyfriend. Told teachers he was becoming increasingly violent with her. Two hours later she was stabbed to death by the ex-boyfriend as school let out. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

29 School Safety (5) A high percentage of abuse occurs on school grounds.

Victims see their offenders at school. Harassment and intimidation occurs in the hallways and classrooms. Rumors of the violence among peers. Students are aware of how often dating violence is occurring among their peers and friends but they are not reporting. (5) Harvard School of Public Health (2001). Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

30 School Safety (5) Victims of TDV are more likely than classmates to be involved in other forms of campus violence: More like to carry a gun or other weapon to school. More likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon at school. More likely to have been in a physical fight. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

Results in: Fears and anxieties. Secondary traumatization to witnesses. Secrecy and denial among students. Continuation of victimization. Continuation of offending. (5) Harvard School of Public Health (2001). Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

32 Effects to Health and Well-Being (6)

Anxiety, Depression and Dissociation. Physical health is effected. Emotional well-being is effected. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Teen Pregnancy. Substance abuse. (6) Duncan, K. “Health Impact of Sexual Trauma and Family Violence” (Presentation at the Eastern Conference 2006) Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

When assault reoccurs in teen relationships it can create a pathway to domestic violence. Rape and sexual assault occurs across a female’s lifetime. Sexual violence in adolescence increases the likely of future sexual violence. (7) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (www.cdc.gov) Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

Future Offending (8) Males begin abusive behavior toward partners early in life. By their early twenties young males already have a substantial history of violence toward females. Legal intervention is needed as well as early prevention programs for boys/young males. (8) Prevention Researcher (2000). Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

35 Decrease Academic Achievement (9)


In 1972 Congress amended Title IX to end sex discrimination in schools. Supreme Court (1999) held up that a student subjected to sexual harassment by another student has a private action for money damages against the school. School liable if “deliberately indifferent”. (10) California Attorney General’s Office (2004) Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

Laws on domestic violence do not necessarily extend to adolescents. Adolescents do not have access to remedies often afforded to adults: Protective orders from the courts. Shelters will provide services but most states prevent continued services without parental notification. Courts can help in terms of prosecution with adolescents. (11) Prevention Researcher (2000). Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

Part Five Intervention Strategies

39 School Interventions Conduct a school assessment on TDV.

Develop primary prevention education programs targeted toward boys and parents. Provide prevention education and reporting about TDV at each grade level starting in 5th grade and continuing through 12th grade. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

40 School Interventions Make sexual harassment (sexual bullying) a part of anti-bullying programs – focus on the type of bully who most often perpetuates this type of violence.. Specific definitions given to students and staff. Provide for anonymous reporting by peers. Provide non-judgmental listening. Provide on-going information to students and parents – monthly newsletter, flyers, announcements, posters. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

41 School Interventions Focus on decreasing the acceptance of TDV:

Examples of Linkages within a community– Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault. and Search your state’s resources. Focus on decreasing the acceptance of TDV: Acknowledge violence attitudes. Challenge male attitudes of entitlement to control and abuse females. Challenge females attitudes of acceptance of these cultural beliefs. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

42 School Interventions Specialized training for counselors and social workers in the schools. Adapt programs that meet teens needs. Ideas: Write plays about teen violence. Guest Speakers. Show films. School newspaper. Art posters. Focus on certain groups. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

Part Six Mitigating the Effects

44 Mitigating the Effects of TDV

Offer support groups for both victims and offenders. Provide one-on-one counseling and referral. Report violence to authorities. Get parents involved. Creating safe school environments are a priority. Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006

45 Resources: 1. The Right To Be Safe: Healthy Teen Relationships. 2. WEBCAST: Dating and Violence Should Never Be A Couple U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 3. The Role of Educators in Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect. 4. Centers for Disease Control: Compendium of Assessment Tools for Youth Violence Examples of these tools for schools to use: Gender Stereotyping Victimization in Dating Relationships Perpetration in Dating Relationships Teen Dating Violence Karen Duncan 2006


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