Teen Dating Violence Resources
Teen Dating Violence or Relationship Violence is scary and difficult to spot both when you’re the one experiencing it or a friend on the outside of the relationship. Abuse in a relationship can look different and doesn’t always have to be physical. This can be daunting to navigate and be upsetting to talk about. Our hope is that we can help teach you the signs to look out for. That’s why we’ve compiled a number of educational videos, articles, and resources to recognize the signs and take safe action for victims.
The National Dating Abuse Helpline 1.866.331.9474
A service of Love is Respect, this national, 24-hour resource is specifically designed for teens and young adults. The Helpline is accessible by phone or online chat and offers real-time, one-on-one support from peer advocates trained to offer support, information, and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned friends, parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers.
Love Is Respect – Find warning signs of abuse and even a quiz to see if your relationship is abusive
“Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence” – educational collective for teen dating, young people bystanders, men & boys, health professionals, teachers, etc.
Educational resources from the CDC for violence in teens and young people
MMWR for violence in teen populations – statistics and evidence-based information
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) manual for serving teen survivors
Videos – Mostly Awareness and Education Driven
“Intimate Partner Violence” – learn the types and examples of abuse through this informative cartoon.
Briana Neben Ted Talk – Briana thought she knew what domestic violence looked like, having seen firsthand the devastation it causes, however, when she found herself in a similar situation she wasn’t able to recognize it from the inside out.
“Teen Dating Violence PSA – Southern Valley Alliance” – Learn what the cycle of abuse can look like.
Speak Up! – Hear firsthand accounts of teen dating violence to see what abuse looks like. This video may be triggering to survivors or some viewers.
Expect Respect – examples of abusive relationships and statistics about teen dating violence.
“10 Warning Signs of Gaslighting” – psych2Go
“What is Love Bombing – Dr. Ramani (with Spanish subtitles)”
Videos on Healthy Relationships/Healing/What to do after abuse has occurred
Skills for Healthy Romantic Relationships | Joanne Davila | TEDxSBU
Katie Hood of One Love discusses what healthy relationships look like vs. unhealthy relationships
“Boys will be boys, right?” Ben Hurst rejects this commonly used phrase as a ‘get-out-of-jail free’ card. He discusses how toxic masculinity damages community and promotes violence and what everyone can do to transform toxic masculinity to prevent violence.
- Over 71% of women and 55% of men first experienced IPV under the age of 25
- One in four women first experienced IPV before age 18
- Youth who experience sexual violence as children or teens are more likely to experience it as an adult. 35% o women raped as minors were also raped as adults.
- Experiencing IPV in teenage years can have long-term impacts. Preventing this violence in formative years is a paramount intervention. Promote healthier social norms, community engagement programs, supporting survivors, prevent victimization.
- Healthy relationships take work. They require basic human necessities like communication, safety, trust, and respect. Teaching the skills of healthy relationships at young ages can ensure more healthy relationships in the adult population. This should also include consent education. Educating parents, caregivers, and those who interact with teens should be educated as well.