Dating violence prevention

“With evidence building in support of the link between childhood exposure to violence and abusive and unhealthy relationships later in life, the need for programs that prevent violence before it occurs is clearer than ever.” According to Sherry Hamby, lead author of the new study, “We know that some youth are just generally more at risk for everything than other youth.

As a field we need to develop programs that can actually impact behavior change.Throughout the month of February, advocates and educators from across the country are focused on the risk factors associated with teen dating violence, and what can be done to prevent it.According to a national survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center, teen victims of dating violence are overwhelmingly more likely to have been victims of other forms of violence, such as sexual violence and child abuse.The other forms of victimization experienced by teen dating violence victims frequently did not come at the hands of dating partners.More than half of victims reported a history of some form of child abuse, with 40 percent of victims physically abused by a caregiver, and nearly 70 percent having witnessed violence in their families.

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