Teen Dating Violence

Dating abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or background. This type of abuse is usually a pattern of behaviors rooted in power and control that one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Dating abuse can take many forms, so it can sometimes be difficult to know if it’s happening to you. Break the Cycle has a helpful article about common warning signs that could be an indication of dating abuse. 

Getting Help

If you ever feel that you’re in danger or need someone to talk to, help is available. To receive immediate, confidential assistance you can:

The National Dating Abuse Helpline is a 24-hour national web-based and telephone resource to help teens experiencing dating abuse. Young people, or their concerned friends, parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement and service providers anywhere in the country can call toll free.

For a local resource, you can contact Minnesota Day One through their statewide crisis hotline at 1.866.223.1111

If you’re being hurt or abused, The Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline assists you to get help, get safe, and get support. One call connects you with an advocate trained in supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking who can help you find a shelter and the services you need in your area. 

Other resources include:

Showing support

There are many ways you can show your support for people affected by dating abuse. You can talk about teen dating violence with your community leaders and local organizations, use social media to raise awareness and start discussions, practice self-love and create positive affirmations, or request dating abuse prevention training for your school or office. You can also learn more about the laws in Minnesota on dating abuse, sexual assault or stalking, or read your/your child’s school’s handbook to learn about their policies and procedures regarding dating abuse and sexual assault.


The Youth Violence Prevention team works with a number of key teen dating violence prevention partners, including:


Saturday February 24, 2018 9:00AM-4:00PM

The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) is having their 2018 Youth Leadership Summit! Join other youth from around the state at Mall of America to learn more about teen dating violence through peer presentations and interactive exercises. A few examples of topics include: social norms change, adolescent relationships abuse, meaning of consent, media influence, and ways to take action in your community. Lunch is provided. The event is best suited for youth ages 13-18.
Register online. 

CDC Grant Project

In 2016, the Minneapolis Health Department was awarded funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to enhance and expand our extensive youth violence prevention work. The CDC-funded project provides a coordinated and integrated public health response to addressing the risk and protective factors associated with youth violence and teen dating violence. It enhances the City’s existing body of youth violence prevention work by incorporating two additional primary prevention strategies: Street and Community Outreach and the Coaching Boys into Men (CBIM) curriculum.

Coaching Boys into Men: Coaching Boys Into Men is a curriculum developed by Futures Without Violence. It trains and motivates high school coaches to leverage the power of the coach/athlete relationship in teaching their young male athletes healthy relationship skills. Studies funded by the CDC have proven that Coaching Boys Into Men effectively increases positive bystander behaviors and decreases abuse perpetration.

Locally, the Health Department has partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to implement Coaching Boys into Men with high school sports teams. Minneapolis-based sports programs that have an interest in using Coaching Boys into Men in their programs can contact the Minneapolis Health Department for resources.

Coaching Boys Into Men training has started with North High football. April Graves, a Public Health Specialist for Adolescent Health and Youth Development within our Youth Violence Prevention team, has helped facilitate this training at North.

Read the full article from MPR News 

Street and Community Outreach: The Minneapolis Health Department is working with the Youth Coordinating Board to expand the scope and reach of their Outreach services. The Youth Coordinating Board’s Outreach team has provided outreach in downtown Minneapolis and schools over recent years. This project expands that Outreach to North Minneapolis.

Through this project the Outreach Team is working in North Minneapolis neighborhoods, community spaces, businesses, transit, parks, and community events. The team is made up of experienced, adult youth work professionals. They help build and sustain safe environments and create youth-friendly spaces that strengthen social connections.

For questions about this project contact Project Director Josh Peterson.
Josh Peterson
Senior Public Health Specialist – Adolescent Health and Youth Development
Youth Intervention Coordinator
Office: 612.673.2534
Email: [email protected] 


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