In a 2011 national study of over 15,000 high school students, 9.4% self-reported they had been physically harmed by their partner and 8% of students had been forced to have sex in the previous 12 months Teens frequently communicate with one another through cell phones, email, and social media sites.Since technology provides quick, constant access to people, it is often used as a tool for abuse and a means to establish power and control that is easier to hide than physical violence and verbal assaults.Recognizing that the person you love is controlling, abusive or violent is hard even for adults.
For example, of the, 65% of teens who were asked to engage in unwanted sexual activity through technology, 82% did not tell their parents about it.
PADV also offers legal advocacy, community support groups for women, emergency safe houses, and 24-hour crisis lines.
has a teen dating violence prevention program and resources for safety planning, legal advocacy, support groups, and shelters/transitional housing for domestic violence victims, as well as a 24-hour crisis hotline.
A list of helpful resources for parents, students, and staff has been provided in the web sites below.
Break the Cycle Futures Without Violence Intimate Partner Violence(Center for Disease Control and Prevention) Love is Not Abuse Love is Respect National Domestic Violence Hotline National Sexual Violence Resource Center Prevent Connect Texas Council on Family Violence Violence Against Women(United States Department of Justice) Violence Against Women Online Resources What is Dating Violence?