The following is part of the information provided by the Crime and Violence Prevention Center of the California Attorney General's Office. Brochures on this subject may be obtained through your local police office. Teachers may wish to have this information posted in their classrooms. Although dating usually begins in the grades beyond middle school, the authors have seen eighth grades students form relationships before they begin high school. The subject of relationships is appropriate as part of the social skills curriculum.
Teen dating violence is similar to adult relationship violence. Both include yelling, hitting, threatening and other forms of verbal, sexual, emotional and physical abuse. Ten percent of all teen couples is affected by dating violence.
Signs of Teen Violence
Things to Do When Helping an Abused Teen
California Web site about Crime and Violence Prevention