The rise of dating violence
Students learn to recognize the signs of abuse and are taught ways in which to safely end violent relationships.
Of the many hundreds who have attended our workshops, fully one-third have reported experiencing at least one incident of dating violence.
Sadly, jealousy is seen as a sign of love by many teens.
No alarms go off when a partner wants to know their whereabouts at all times, isolates them from family and friends and bestows gifts like a pager or cell phone.
But as they seek to understand why so many young people hit, demean or force sex on their partners, much remains unclear.
The survey findings stand in stark contrast to one other set of statistics: In 2012, 94% of abuse victims who contacted the National Dating Abuse Helpline were female and just 6% were male, says Katie Ray Jones, president of the dating abuse helpline and the National Domestic Abuse Hotline.
Similar numbers of both sexes say they've been abusers.
Additional new research shows teens who abuse their girlfriends and boyfriends often share a past as middle-school bullies.
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