© 2020 Texas Public Radio
Real. Reliable. Texas Public Radio.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

How Can We Prevent Teen Dating Violence In Bexar County?

teen_couple.jpg
Photo by Dương Nhân from Pexels CC0: http://bit.ly/2TT0BXy";s

Approximately 1 in 11 female and 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year. Young women ages 16 to 24 have the highest rate of reported abuse. 

The Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence -- a joint effort by the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and local community partners to address the local epidemic of domestic and family violence -- has prioritized expanding the availability of teen dating violence prevention curricula for area students.

Teen dating violence can include physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression and stalking -- unhealthy behaviors that can have severe, lasting effects for adolescents.

Teaching teens about warning signs for an abusive relationship could help them identify and avoid future violence. What's included in the kind of evidence-based curriculum that could be implement in Bexar County?

Teens often don't report unhealthy behaviors to family or friends. What should parents know about how to identify and respond to a child’s abusive relationship? What steps can parents take to be more involved in their teen's dating life?

Guests:

"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Leave a message before the program at (210) 615-8982. During the live show email thesource@tpr.org  or tweet @TPRSource.

*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, March 17.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.