What is Dating Violence?
Dating violence can happen to any teen regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status or whether or not they have experience with dating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents experiences verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.
Dating violence includes any behavior that is used to manipulate, gain control or power, cause fear or make a dating partner feel bad about himself or herself. Young people who experience abuse are more likely to be in fights or bring weapons to school, have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors.
Teen Dating Violence Power and Control Wheel
Dating abuse is a serious health concern for many students:
- One in three high school students will be involved in an abusive relationship.
- Forty-five percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
- Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser.
- Both girls and boys can be abused by a dating partner or can be abusers.
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 866-331-9474
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)