Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week: February 6 - 10, 2006

I just found out from the good folks on the YALSA-BK listserv that this week is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. Here's some information about Teen Dating Violence from the American Bar Association's website:

  • One in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a partner.
  • Intimate partner violence among adolescents is associated with increased risk of substance use, unhealthy weight control behaviors, sexual risk behaviors, pregnancy and suicide.
  • The severity of violence among intimate partners has been shown to increase if the pattern has been established in adolescence.
  • Teen dating violence does not discriminate by gender, race, socioeconomic status or geography.

For more information, go here.

There are a lot of really great resources, fiction and non-fiction, that deal with issues of relationship abuse. Here are some that we have here at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. As always, clicking on the book title will take you to our catalog.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Sixteen-year-old Nick's suffered a lifetime of abuse from his father, but Nick knows that despite outward appearances he and his dad don't have anything in common. Until Nick begins to date Catherine, and begins to wonder if that's true after all.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Caitlin walks through life in a dream -- because if she woke up, she'd have to face the truth about her "perfect" relationship with Rogerson Biscoe.

Fault Line by Janet Tashjian

When stand-up comedian Kip meets fellow comic Becky, they quickly become inseperable. But when Kip starts controlling every little piece of Becky's life, she quickly realizes that maybe their relationship is a little to intense.

But I Love Him: Protecting Your Daughter From Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships by Jill Murray

Written primarily for parents but also useful for teens, But I Love Him discusses the alarming issue of teen relationship violence.

In Love and Danger: A Teen's Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships by Barrie Levy

This book helps teens learn how to identify and break away from abusive relationships.

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