In a nationwide survey of students in grades 9-12, nearly one in 10 students reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the past 12 months.
What is CDC doing to prevent teen dating violence?
On September 13th, Vice President Biden announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded grants for its new teen dating violence prevention initiative, Dating Matters™: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships. The funding will aid local health departments in leading their communities in developing, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive approach to prevent teen dating violence before it starts. The grant is expected to cover five years of teen dating violence prevention program activities in the following cities:
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
- Chicago, Illinois
- Oakland/Hayward, California