According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), teen dating violence includes the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence that may occur within a relationship.In many cases, teens in abusive relationships experience severe psychological conflict which can lead to changes in their behavior.

Every year, about one in 10 high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their partner.

While anyone can be affected by domestic violence, teens are more likely to be affected by the long-term effects of abuse: depression and anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, suicidal tendencies, and an increased risk for victimization during college.

It can be easy to overlook some behaviors like teasing or name calling as “normal” in a relationship, but these acts can escalate to abuse or more serious forms of violence.

Adapted from Violence/ Some adolescents get involved in unhealthy dating relationships.

One in 10 adolescents reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the previous year.

Over time, controlling and demanding behavior may become increasingly violent and that violence can have negative effects on physical and mental health throughout life (including depression, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts).- Effective immediately, HB 121 requires all Texas school districts to adopt a Dating Violence policy which includes (1) a definition of dating violence, (2) sections on safety planning, (3) enforcement of protective orders, (4) school-based alternatives to protective orders, (5) training for teachers and administrators, (6) counseling for affected students, and (7) awareness education for students and parents/guardians.This document will assist schools and community groups in meeting those requirements.Do you know what to do if you think a teen in your life is in an abusive relationship?February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.Learning how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship can make a dramatic impact on the lives of teens suffering from dating violence – and could also save lives.