See our sample proclamation (printer-friendly/pdf). Portions of it can be read aloud on the PA system or during the morning program. School officials can also use it as a template to issue their own proclamation.

On average, victimized youth begin romantic relationships about nine months earlier than non-victimized youth.

"They need to feel safe telling a parent."Teens often hide the abuse from their parents, Spinks-Franklin says.

Teens may not be able to confide in friends, either, because abusers sometimes isolate their victims from loved ones.

Below is a list of evidence-based and promising programs to prevent dating violence.

Second Step (Grades K-5)Committee for Children 2815 Second Avenue, Suite 400Seattle, Washington 98121(800) [email protected] Dates (Grades 8-9)Hazelden Publishing15251 Pleasant Valley Road P. Box 11Center City, MN 55012-0176(800) [email protected] Respect (Grades 6-12)Safe Place P. Box 19454Austin, Texas 78760(512) [email protected] Violence Curriculum (Grades 9-12)Break the Cycle Hazelden Publishing15251 Pleasant Valley Road P. Box 11Center City, MN 55012-0176(800) [email protected] are many reliable web sites with teen dating violence prevention information and resources.

These victimized teens appear to “overinvest in relationships — at least temporarily — displaying accelerated entry into dating and rapid progression to first unions,” write the researchers in their paper, titled “Cut to the Quick: The Consequences of Youth Violent Victimization for the Timing of Dating Debut and First Union Formation,” published in the journal .

Researcher David Warner, Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that these relationships could be a feasible coping mechanism since dating is more normative in adolescence.Tip: when at all possible allow teens to plan and carry out events.Submit a request for a Proclamation to your local elected officials.While it's possible that dating violence could cause thoughts of suicide, it's also possible that children who are depressed are more likely than others to fall into abusive relationships, says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin,​ a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston who was not involved in the new study.Assaults by romantic partners often aren't isolated events.Doctors might be able to bridge this gap by providing additional information for parents through handouts in the waiting room, she says.