Bringing awareness to teen dating violence

Bringing awareness to teen dating violence

POMEROY, Ohio – The Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Victim Assistance Program is working to bring awareness to Teen Dating Violence.

On Feb. 16, 2021 residents are asked to participate in bringing awareness by wearing orange. 

Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a type of “intimate partner violence” according to the Center for Disease Control. TDV can include physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression, and stalking. 

TDV can also be known simply as “dating violence” and is not limited to just being in person. It can be electronic with texting, or even posting of pictures of a partner online without the partner’s consent.

Something that may begin as teasing or name-calling in a relationship can become a norm, but eventually develop into abuse even physical abuse. Typically, teens do not tell anyone about what is happening to them. This can continue to form further unhealthy relationship issues, not just with the current relationship, but throughout their lives. 

According to the CDC, those that have experienced TDV:

  • Experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
  • Exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying or hitting
  • Think about suicide

About 4,105 teens daily are victims of TDV, according to teendvmonth.org. Those in rural areas seem to be at a greater risk for TDV as well. 

Additionally from teendvmonth.org:

  • 10% of U.S. teens have been the victim of dating violence.
  • 23% of females experienced DV prior to rape.
  • 10% reported sexual victimization for a dating partner.

For more information on TDV, visit teendvmonth.org.