Today show dating violence

Girls are the perpetrators of some form of dating violence nearly as often as boys, surprising new studies show.

More girls – 43 percent – than boys – 28 percent – reported committing an act of physical dating violence, said researchers who are presenting their findings beginning Wednesday at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting.

Taken as a whole, one in three reported being the victim of at least one of the behaviors on that spectrum.

While most of us may not rank name-calling, or bad-mouthing another to their friends as “violence,” the researchers say they included the psychological and relationship tactics because they can have a profound impact.

Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.

Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.

Schools need to teach about thought patterns that are unhealthy and about how extremist notions and behaviors can be controlled through self-awareness and training to catch the unhealthy self-talk.

Bethany stared out the window wondering how she ever got into the mess she was in… This national campaign brings awareness to an issue that marks this nation - domestic violence.

She had just turned 17 and she should be in the prime of her teen years. Unfortunately, many victims of domestic violence were once victims to another very real issue, Teen Dating Violence (which also runs a national campaign in the month of February).

She should be carefree and having fun, but that was far from the truth! Teen Dating Violence is defined as the psychological, emotional, physical, and sexual violence that occurs within a dating relationship.

She knew she had to break the cycle; she knew she needed help; she knew she deserved better. This month marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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