Dating violence among

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Heidi Adams Rueda, Ph D, is assistant professor, Department of Social Work, University of Texas at San Antonio Teen dating violence (TDV) affects adolescents’ overall wellness, subsequent social–emotional and academic development, and future success.

The extent to which high schools recognize the importance of TDV prevention, and their accountability to prevent or reduce its occurrence, is largely unknown.

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“These relationships set the stage for future relationships,” Adhia said, adding that this abuse could lead to long-lasting emotional scars like anxiety, depression, substance use, antisocial behavior, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Children should also know they have “safe adults” (parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches) to rely on during hard times, Bair-Merritt said.

This effort began with a series of workshops in 20 that culminated in the development and coordination of a federal interagency workgroup. NIJ has also funded research examining the nature, characteristics and extent of dating violence; risk and protective factors; long-term and short-term outcomes; and systematic evaluations of teen dating violence prevention and intervention programs, policies and legislation.

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Lela Rankin Williams, Ph D, is associate professor and coordinator, School of Social Work, Tucson Component, Arizona State University, 340 N.

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