Drug and alcohol abuse contribute to dating Violence. Victims of teen dating violence are much more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the abuse.
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According to researchers at the University of Buffalo research institute on addictions, teen dating Violence isn’t just a teenage problem.
Rather, “the risk for aggressive behavior and involvement in dating Violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life.” If, between preschool and middle school, a child has an alcoholic or drug addicted parent, they are much more likely to be abusive to partners in future relationships. There could be a number of reasons to explain the relationship between a parent’s addictions and a teen’s behavior.
The helpline also offers tips on preventing abusive relationships and promotes awareness of healthy dating relationships.