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The Connection Between Between Dating Violence and Unhealthy Behaviors

Futures Without Violence

Young people, 12 to 19 years old, experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Youth, 18 to19 years old, experience the highest rates of stalking. Approximately 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which intimate partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. There are a large number of young people in this country whose lives are affected – sometimes shaped – by violence. Teen dating violence and other forms of exposure to violence are a huge problem in this country. The research below indicates a strong connection between dating violence, exposure to other forms of violence, and unhealthy behaviors.

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Webinars

Creating Effective Protection Orders in Teen Dating Violence Cases

January 3, 2018

Teen dating violence is a pattern of abusive or coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a current or former intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, digital, sexual, and financial. Abuse affects every sex and gender, people in all types of relationships, and people of all income levels.
After this webinar, you should be better able to: Define teen dating violence and understand its dynamics. Distinguish how relationship violence affects young people differently than adults. Identify fundamental legal considerations when protection orders involve minors. Identify options for effective protection orders in teen dating violence cases.

Teen Dating Violence: Cyber Abuse, Social Media, and the Courts

September 19, 2019

With more teens than ever using social media to connect with their friends, it is important that courts and court staff stay abreast of the latest trends and techniques used to abuse. Moreover, with nearly half of middle school students reporting they were victims of electronic dating violence, this webinar provides a better understanding of teen culture and the role technology plays in teen dating violence.

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National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza is the national institute on domestic violence focusing on Latin@ communities. The National Latin@ Network provides training and consultations to practitioners and activists throughout the US, as well as in Latin America. They engage in federal and state public policy advocacy and conduct research on issues that affect Latin@s in the US and abroad. Visit the website to learn more about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and discover educational opportunities! Learn about effective strategies to engage youth in talking about healthy relationships and much more, including Casa de Esperanza's Youth Amig@s, a program that engages Latinas in high school, talk about healthy relationships in a culturally responsive manner.

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