One in three teens experience physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by a dating partner each year. As an educator, you are in frequent contact with students who are experiencing abuse for themselves or who know someone who is.
Often this issue is met with silence in schools because teachers and educators are overwhelmed with a myriad of day-to-day demands and expectations. Additionally, they may also be unequipped to recognize the warning signs of abuse and provide support and resources to students facing dating violence.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has recently created and released a curriculum aimed at equipping teachers and students with the tools, resources, and knowledge needed to Take a Stand FOR Healthy Relationships (www.teens4healthyrelationships.org).
Teens4HealthyRelationships.org empowers young people to Take A Stand FOR Healthy Relationships, by providing middle and high school classrooms with educational resources and immersive program tools, including self-paced modules and interactive lesson plans, to encourage young learners to exercise skills in communication and self-awareness as they develop friendships and relationships of their own. Learn more about this the curriculum via teens4healthyrelationships.org.
Need more information on understanding the warning signs of teen dating violence, keep reading.
Warning Signs Your Student May Be Experiencing Dating Violence
Often, teens experiencing abuse never disclose their abuse to an adult. Because of this, it often takes an observant social worker or teacher to see the signs of abuse at school and in the classroom. While some signs may seem obvious, others are less easily identifiable.
Three Warning Signs of Teen Dating Abuse Identifiable in the Classroom
So what can you do if you believe one of your students is experiencing abuse?
Need more information on teen dating abuse? Start here at the Take a Stand FOR Healthy Relationships resource page: teens4healthyrelationships.org/resources.