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Additional Resources for Supporting Healthy Dating Relationships

For Preventing and Stopping Dating Violence

  • Violence often gets more extreme over time. Research suggests that bullying, sexual harassment, and homophobic name calling during middle school can lead to unhealthy relationships and dating violence later in adolescence.1 Learn more about how to prevent bullying.
  • The Office of Adolescent Health's Pregnancy Assistance Fund supports services for expectant and parenting youth who experience domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Two federal laws – the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act – provide support and services for communities to reduce violence and to assist victims. The annual rate of domestic violence dropped by more than half in the 15 years following the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.2
  • The Office on Violence Against Women, within the U.S. Department of Justice, offers financial aid and technical assistance to communities across the country to support programs, policies, and practices that aim to stop domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health offers resources on dating violence that highlight helpful strategies for teens and their families. For example, information includes how to leave an abusive relationship and how to avoid date rape drugs
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Dating Matters Initiative provides tips for preventing teen dating violence and maintaining healthy relationships.
  • The CDC provides a description of evidence-based and promising programs that try to prevent sexual violence
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center has information and trainings for anyone who wants to prevent violence.

For Parents

  • Learn how to talk with your teen about relationships. Focus on open communication, not judging, and expressing concerns in a loving way.
  • Talk to teens about online safety
  • Promote safety in your young teen's dating life. For example, suggest that they go on a date in a group and in a public place, and that the teen tell parents where they are going and with whom. 
  • Set rules and boundaries and explain why you are setting those rules.
  • Get to know your adolescent's romantic partner and check in with your adolescent's relationship. 
  • The CDC has a list of resources for parents, adolescents, friends, and educators of LGBT youth. 

For Schools and Communities

For Youth-serving Professionals

For Adolescents

  • Use resources for building healthy relationships as well as help lines at Love Is Respect
  • Learn more about healthy relationships at GirlsHealth.gov through a Teen Survival Guide and a Healthy Relationships section. These resources help adolescents think about whether they have healthy relationships with people in their lives, like dating partners, family members, and friends.
  • Know that federally funded Title X family planning clinics offer low-cost STD testing and contraceptive services for qualifying patients. Adolescents and others can find Title X funded clinics near their homes
  • Find test centers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) locator service that helps visitors search for testing centers where they can receive STD and HIV testing services, as well as vaccines for Hepatitis B and HPV.
  • Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline to help victims stay safe.

Footnotes


1 Chiodo, D., Wolfe, D. A., Crooks, C., Hughes, R., & Jaffe, P. (2009). Impact of sexual harassment victimization by peers on subsequent adolescent victimization and adjustment: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 45(3), 246-252.
2 Modi, M. N., Palmer, S., & Armstrong, A. (2014). The role of Violence Against Women Act in addressing intimate partner violence: a public health issue. Journal of Women's Health, 23(3), 253-259.

 

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on May 31, 2018