How to avoid teen’s dating violence Posted by Admin
Dating is one of the most popular activities not only along adults but teenagers as well. Many people regardless to our times are asking the same question over and over again: “When it’s proper time to start dating?” and nobody could give a exact answer for that question yet that’s why teenage dating is not prohibited but shall be done with great caution. There’s too many worldwide report about teen’s dating violence but unfortunately not that many social programs how to avoid it. In this article we would like gather Teenber users’ attention on few important matters how to keep safe while dating.
First of all let’s take a closer look on what dating violence really is. Dating violence includes any behaviour that is used to manipulate, gain control, gain power; cause fear, or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself. Teens who experience abuse are more likely to be in fights or bring weapons to school, have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviours.
Tips how to avoid teen’s dating violence:
1. Talk to someone. Teens who are getting into violent relationship need a help hand immediately and talking to somebody is the best step you might take at first. Whenever or not you experience dating violence proper targeted talk is a great way to avoid further abusive behaviour.
2. Educate yourself. It’s easier to avoid dating violence if you know the signs to look for and it’s characteristic. If you notice controlling behaviour, sudden mood changes or threats of violence from your significant partner or friend, get help immediately.
3. Be aware of alcohol and drugs. Popular rape drugs are often slipped into people’s drinks, so be careful when consuming alcohol, especially in public places. Do not leave your glass alone and take it always with you even if you go to toilet. Don’t accept an open drink from someone you don’t know, and control the amount of alcohol you consume.
4. Be prepared for any type of situation. If you feel uncomfortable, you should leave any type of dating situation at a moment of notice that there’s something wrong going on. You may be hesitant to do so if you’re not prepared with a cell phone or spare change and money to call a cab. Always carry mobile phone and money with you. Also inform you parent/ guardian where exactly you are going to meet particular person.
5. Recognise warning signs. Looking out for red alerts can protect you from dating violence. Behaviours such a: destroying your things, mood swings, getting closer without your agreement may be a sings of upcoming violence. Pay a great and detailed attention to such signs.
6. Double date. Due to violence reports, many of them happen on first dates when people do not know each other that much or they are not an official couple yet. Double or group date with people you know in order to avoid being alone with someone you don’t know.
Unfortunately Teens who are in an abusive relationship may have a difficult time getting help that’s why it’s really important to know this topic well and try to avoid it. Once you are abused, it’s really hard to escape from it. If you feel that you are being abused or if there’s any questions you might like to ask, please contact your parent/ legal guardian, your educator at school or community service providers.