5 Ways to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

Staff raise their hands during a training.
1. Train staff for work with youth of all sexual orientations. Culturally competent staff are comfortable talking about dating violence and healthy relationships with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, as well as heterosexual youth. A recent study found that LGBTQ youth experienced and perpetrated dating violence more often than heterosexual youth, and were twice as likely to seek help.

Dating violence, also known as intimate partner violence, can wreak havoc on a person’s sense of trust and self-esteem. Many of the young people served by FYSB-funded agencies, including traumatized youth and those who grow up witnessing violence in the home, are at high risk for experiencing dating violence.

In this slideshow we highlight five ways you can prevent dating violence by focusing on factors that put teens at high risk. Find out more in the following NCFY articles:

"Primary Sources: LGBTQ Youth at Higher Risk for Dating Violence, More Likely to Seek Help"

"Q&A: Collaborating to End Teen Dating Violence and Promote Healthy Relationships"

"Primary Sources: Why Are Homeless Youth at High-Risk for Dating Violence?"

"Youth Speak Out: Chicago Youth Say No To Dating Violence"

"Primary Sources: Stopping Teen Dating Violence Before It Starts"


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