However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.Teaching teens about intimate partner violence, especially the warning signs, must happen much earlier than the end of high school, say several students at Dawson College.Many young adults on the campus are saddened by the death of Daphné Huard-Boudreault, 18, who was killed last week when she returned to the apartment she had shared with her ex-boyfriend.
The expanded online content includes: Take Action (information on how students can get involved on their campus), Stay Safe (safety planning designed specifically for college students) and Help a Friend (information to assist bystanders).Her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Pratte-Lops, has been charged with first-degree murder.Kyra Paquet, also 18, a cinema and communications student, says she's learning a lot about toxic relationships at Dawson College. about gender issues in literature and we're talking a lot about the cycle of violence," she said.“It’s hard to know what to look for,” said Jane Randel, senior vice president for corporate communications at Liz Claiborne Inc., which commissioned the survey.
In talking with teens and college students who have dealt with dating violence, Randel said, “they all knew something was wrong, but they didn’t know what to call it.” The company has formulated a free high school curriculum through its Love is Not Abuse initiative.
"You're exposed to relationships at a very young age so I think probably the second you're exposed to it, or start noticing it, is the time you should realize what is a good relationship and what is a bad relationship," she said.