“Teen dating violence is a problematic issue that requires dissemination of information as well as collaboration with teens statewide.
Teenagers are diving into intimate relationships while still learning about the patience, communication, and trust required to make a relationship successful.Relationships are more likely to fail – and to become abusive – when the dating partners are young, immature, and spontaneous.Unfortunately, this has resulted in an unfortunate number of teens who experience teen dating violence in a romantic relationship.Each year, one in ten teenagers reports being the victim of teen dating violence.Teen dating violence can have serious consequences (both criminal and civil) for abusers.
Teens must understand that actions and behaviors within the context of a romantic relationship can have consequences in the real world.
On February 25, about 160 Dripping Springs High School students put on a mock trial based on a real-life case in conjunction with Dating Violence Awareness Month.
The trial took place at the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos.
"A healthy relationship is built on respect and is free of violence," the CDC said in a news release.
Safe, fulfilling teen relationships can be achieved through communication, managing emotions such as anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect.
A conviction of a teen dating violence offense in California can have serious long-term consequences.