Healthy relationship consists of several factors: trust, respect, communication, and honesty. If any of these factors are absent, an unhealthy cycle starts and the down spiral of a relationship begins. Too often particularly, teens are involved in unhealthy relationship which often result in dating violence. Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional and/or sexual.
East English Village’s Future Project hosted a series of dating violence prevention workshops for both young men and women. These workshops consisted of guest speakers and focused on reducing risk factors and fostering protective factors within teen dating violence. Some panelists were former students, such as Diamond Mason, Alaysia Means, Dominique Mathews, as well as current EEVPA Teacher, Sirian Woods and Youth Mentor, Ray Winans.
“It is important to create spaces like school communities, where the behavioral norm is not tolerant of abuse in dating relationship”, said Sirian Woods.
Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when teens are empowered through family, friends and other role models to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.
“The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted”, Woods adds.
Teen dating violence is a widespread issue that has serious effects. Feeling safe in a relationship is crucial. Healthy dating relationships require responsibility and mutual respect.
These resources are available for more information and/or help:
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7266)
Emergency Help: 911