Teen Dating Violence

  • Did you know that according to the FWISD Student Code of Conduct, dating violence is the intentional use of physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control another person in a dating relationship, as defined by Section 71.0021, Family Code? 

    Quick Facts on Teen Dating Violence?

    • Both girls and boys are victims of abuse
    • Both girls and boys are perpetrators of abuse
    • Abuse almost always reoccurs in a relationship.
    • Most abuse gets more severe with time. 
    • Between 10 and 38% of high school students have been victims of dating violence.
    • Among students who are currently dating, as many as 59% have experienced physical violence, and 96% have experienced psychological or emotional abuse.
    • Adults who use violence with their dating partners often being doing so during adolescence, with the first episode typically occurring by age 15.

    Characteristics or signs of the behaviors:

    • Physical abuse – hitting, pinching, shaking, choking, shoving, pushing, biting, spitting, pulling hair, threatening, throwing things.
    • Psychological/Emotional abuse – ignoring your feelings, insulting your beliefs or values, calling you names, isolating, displaying inappropriate anger, scaring you/driving recklessly, keeping you from leaving, putting down your family/friends, humiliating you in public/private, and threatening to hurt oneself.
    • Sexual abuse – forcing a date to have sex, forcing a date to do other sexual things he or she doesn’t want to do. Includes any behavior by a dating partner that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power over someone, makes a person feel bad about self or others, makes a person afraid of her/his boyfriend/girlfriend. 


    Guidelines for helping people who are being abused:

    • Believe your friend’s story.
    • Make sure they are safe.
    • Let them know that they don’t deserve to be abused.
    • Ask them lots of questions to get them to think about the problem.
    • Ask them what their options are and what they can do. (Stay, leave, talk to partner, get advice)
    • Let them know that abuse almost always gets worse in a relationship if it’s ignored.  If the abuse is to stop, the person being abused has to be willing to take actions to end it.
    • Encourage them to seek help. (See community resources below)

    Community Resources:

    • Call 911 in an emergency
    • Counselors, Interventionist, Principal, or Teacher
    • Women’s Center Crisis Hotline:  817-927-2737
    • Safe Haven:  877-701-7233
    • National Teen Dating Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

    During the month of February, campuses will highlight this topic with information to staff, students and parents.  Check out ourimplementation guide for prevention ideas.



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