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Love Doesn’t Hurt Teens & Relationship Abuse. EDGC 682 Robin Jones 11.14.2012. purpose of this presentation. There have been many initiatives/organizations formed in recent years that share a goal; to promote awareness of and prevent teen relationship abuse.

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Love doesn t hurt teens relationship abuse

Love Doesn’tHurtTeens & Relationship Abuse

EDGC 682

Robin Jones


Purpose of this presentation
purpose of this presentation

  • There have been many initiatives/organizations formed in recent years that share a goal; to promote awareness of and prevent teen relationship abuse.

  • The aim of my presentation is two-fold – to present information in such a way that counselors/teachers could educate clients & students and also to provide a wealth of resources for counselors and teachers to use in educating themselves on signs/symptoms/and what to do for those experiencing the abuse.

A story of teen love and abuse
A Story of teen love…and abuse


Would you recognize the signs of relationship abuse
Would you recognize the signs of relationship abuse?

Does your partner…

  • Check your phone or email without your permission?

  • Constantly put you down?

  • Seem extremely jealous or insecure?

  • Have an explosive temper?

  • Isolate you from family or friends?

  • Make false accusations against you?

  • Experience dramatic mood swings?

  • Physically hurt you in any way?

  • Seem really possessive of you?

  • Tell you what to do?

  • Make all of the decisions in your relationship?

Power control
Power & control


What is relationship abuse
What is Relationship abuse?

  • Verbal Abuse: Any verbal attempt to lower partner's self worth

  • Destruction of Personal Property: Any attempt to destroy or alter partner’s personal belongings  

  • Intimidation: Any attempt to use looks, actions, tone, or expressions to scare partner

  • Restriction of Freedom: Any attempt to limit partner's free will

  • Abuse of Authority: Any attempt to use authority to control partner

  • Sexual Abuse: Anyunwanted sexual advance to partner - including rape, coercion or restricting access to birth control

  • Physical Abuse: Any attempt to cause bodily harm to your partner – such as hitting, shoving, biting, strangling, kicking or using a weapon

  • Emotional Abuse: Any attempt to manipulate partner's thoughts or feelings – such as threats, insults, constant monitoring, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking

What s the big deal dating abuse statistics
What’s the big deal?Dating abuse statistics

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.

  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

They re just kids right
They’re just kids, Right?

  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average.

  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.

  • About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are already “dating".

Effects that last a lifetime
Effects that last a lifetime

  • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.

  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.

  • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.

I m a teacher counselor and i need more information
I’m a teacher/counselorand I need more information!

I found an amazing free training tool online!

So many wonderful resources
So many wonderfulresources