Feb 01, 2014
Shelby Hickman

In 2012, President Obama declared February Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness and Prevention Month, reaffirming the severity of this issue in the United States. Dating violence, a pattern of abusive acts used to gain power or control over a dating partner, places teens at risk for a host of negative outcomes. Notably, teens who experience dating violence are more likely to be involved in a violent intimate partner relationship as adults, and are at increased risk of teen pregnancy, depression, eating disorders, suicidal behaviors, low self-esteem, sexually transmitted diseases, and poor academic performance.

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Shelby Hickman