NNLM Reading Club: Teen Dating Violence

NNLM Reading Club: Teen Dating Violence


Topic: Teen Dating Violence
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Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence, also called adolescent relationship abuse, is a serious public health problem. Studies show that approximately 10% of adolescents report being the victim of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner during the previous year.

Nationwide, youth aged 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Girls are particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships and are more likely to suffer long-term behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, eating disorders, and drug use.



National Indigenous Women's Resource Center logo Charon Asetoyer and Lyn Archambeau discuss the prevention of Teen Dating Violence. A companion radio program to the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Curriculum

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February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM). This is an issue that impacts everyone – not just teens – but their parents, teachers, friends, and communities as well.

Together, we can raise the nation’s awareness about teen dating violence and promote safe, healthy relationships.

The NNLM Reading Club has selected three books to get the conversation started.


Book cover image of Things We Haven't SaidA powerful collection of poems, essays, letters, and interviews written by a diverse group of adults who survived sexual violence as children and adolescents. This anthology is a valuable resource to help teens upend stigma and create a better future

Things We Haven's Said: Stories of Sexual Abuse and Recovery | Edited by Erin Moulton | 2018 | 208 pages | Zest Books | ISBN: 978-1942186342 | Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12



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Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model developed by CDC to stop teen dating violence before it starts. Dating Matters is an evidence-based teen dating violence prevention model that includes prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. It focuses on teaching 11 to 14-year-olds healthy relationship skills before they start dating and reducing behaviors that increase the risk for dating violence, like substance abuse and sexual risk-taking. (PDF)

LoveIsRespect.Org is a special project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline funded through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Program. The organization can connect teens with local domestic violence advocates for crisis counseling and referrals. It also offers a live chat option for teens. For information, call 866.331.9474 or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Preventing Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet Preventing Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet page 2   Preventing Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet (PDF)

Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit Recognizing and understanding the intersection of runaway and homeless youth and intimate partner violence (including dating, domestic and sexual violence) is critical to creating meaningful services and effective intervention and prevention strategies for both homelessness and relationship abuse, and in creating partnerships between the programs working with youth at risk.

Book: Breathing Underwater
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Book cover image of Breathing UnderwaterIntelligent, popular, handsome, and wealthy, sixteen-year-old Nick Andreas is pretty much perfect—on the outside, at least. What no one knows—not even his best friend—is the terror and anger that Nick faces every time he is alone with his father. Then he and Caitlin fall in love, and Nick thinks his problems are over. Caitlin is the one person he can confide in, the only person who understands him. But when Nick’s anger and jealousy overtake him, things begin to spiral out of control and Nick realizes that he’s more his father’s son than he wants to be. Now Nick must confront his inner demons to stop the history of violence from repeating itself.audiobook vector imageebook vector image

Winner of the Black-Eyed Susan Award | An ALA Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults | An International Reading Association Young Adult Choices List Pick | A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age Pick

Breathing Underwater | Alex Finn | Harper Teen | 2019 reprint | 272 pages | ISBN: 978-0064472579

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Photo of Alex FinnAlexandra Flinn is an American writer of novels for young adults. Her books have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists and have been translated into over twenty foreign languages. Many of her books have made the American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults lists, as well as Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Several of her novels are modernized versions of classic fairy tales.

Book: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
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Book cover image of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with MeLaura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley's dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There's just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend. Reeling from her latest breakup, Freddy's best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium, who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it's really Laura Dean that's the problem. Maybe it's Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends, and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.audiobook vector imageebook vector image

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me | Author Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Rosemary Valero-O’Connell | First Second; illustrated edition | 2019 | 304 pages | ISBN: 978-1626722590

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Photo of Mariko TamakiMariko Tamaki is a New York Times Bestselling writer of comics and prose. She has received Doug Wright, Eisner and Ignatz Awards as well as Caldecott and Printz Honors for her works. She has had the pleasure of working for Marvel, DC Comics, Abrams, Dark Horse, and Boom Studios on various superhero-type things.

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Book: What Kind of Girl
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The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker's girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal's office and said Mike hit her. But her classmates have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay with Mike if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it's true, Mike should face the consequences. But is it true? Some girls want to rally for Mike’s expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. As rumors about what really happened spread, the students at North Bay Academy will question what it means to be guilty or innocent, right or wrong.audiobook vector imageebook vector image

What Kind of Girl | Alyssa B Sheinmel | Sourcebooks Fire | 2021 reprint | 384 pages | ISBN: 978-1728222042

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Photo of Alyssa B SheinmelAlyssa Sheinmel is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for young adults, including A Danger to Herself and Others and Faceless. She is the co-author of The Haunting of Sunshine Girl and its sequel, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Alyssa grew up in Northern California and New York, and currently lives and writes in New York City.

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