SCARSDALE, N.Y. Teen dating violence can and does happen anywhere.
That's the message the Scarsdale Coalition on Family Violence is hoping to get across during a presentation to the Scarsdale High School PTA at its meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at the SHS Little Theater.
"Sadly, domestic violence and teen dating violence is a problem everywhere," said the Coalition's Lauren Pomerantz, a Youth Outreach Worker at Scarsdale High. "It can affect all communities, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, or gender. In Scarsdale, students seem to report more of the emotional abuse, including extreme jealousy, controlling behavior, isolation, publically yelling and embarrassing a partner."
Pomerantz said physical abuse is typically underreported, but that, while one in four teen girls report repeated verbal abuse or being restricted from seeing friends, one in five said they have been physically threatened or that a boyfriend has threatened to harm himself if the girl breaks off the relationship.
The warning signs of unhealthy teen relationships, how to skillfully intervene as a parent and what community resources are available will be discussed at Tuesday's presentation.
To demonstrate teen dating dynamics, SHS Drama Club students will perform a skit and a panel discussion will follow. In addition, Fordham University's Assistant Director of Health Services will be on hand to discuss college dating.
While the Coalition on Family Violence has done other programs in the past, this is the first PTA meeting where the topic will be teen dating violence, Pomerantz said.
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