Teen Dating

Did you know that in a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the 12 months prior to the survey? And nearly half of all teens in relationships say they know friends who have been verbally abused.

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.

Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. They may also engage in unhealthy behaviors such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college. (Source:CDC.gov)

Family Shalom’s teen education program has sought to teach teens about Healthy vs Unhealthy vs Abusive relationships, from a Jewish perspective, in order to try to prevent abuse and give our youth resources to help them when they find themselves victims of abusive relationships.  Since 2007, we have trained high school and college students to give peer led workshops to Jewish middle school and high school students.  We have also led adult workshops to help parents talk to their teens about relationships and recognize signs of dating abuse.  We have used curriculum from Shalom Bayit’s “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” program and Jewish Women International’s teen education program.

To arrange a workshop for your youth and/or parents, please Contact Us.

Nanette Wong (aka Dr. Nanette Hyman), a member of NCJW and Congregation B’nai Israel for many years and a practicing pediatrician at Sutter Medical Group Pediatrics, volunteers to coordinate our teen education programs.