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Tweens and teens are experiencing disturbing levels of violence in their dating relationships, but only half recognize the warning signs of a dangerous relationship.
A 2008 study commissioned by Liz Claiborne and found: Abuse in a dating relationship can be confusing and frightening at any age.
The Washington State Attorney General's office already has a number of resources available to help, including: Schools, parents, teachers, and community organizations all can help identify dating violence and provide support for abuse victims.
But teens themselves must also learn how to reach out and help friends who are victims of relationship abuse.
Emotional abuse is much harder to recognize, but no less damaging.
At the 2008 Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Attorneys General from across the nation passed a resolution encouraging schools to develop teen dating violence awareness curriculum.
But for teenagers, who are just beginning to date and develop romantic relationships, this abuse is especially difficult.
When the abuse is physical or sexual, it can be easy to identify.
1 in 5 students who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a boyfriend or girlfriend.