Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
1 in 5 students who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Teen dating abuse is a serious public health problem.
This incredible group of students made the PSA below in honor of their fifth annual Runway for Relief Fashion Show.
Willow Center seeks to address this issue of teen dating violence through our Prevention Education programs. Ask yourself these questions: Does the person you are seeing (like a boyfriend or a girlfriend): Nobody deserves to be treated this way.
It occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and can include any combination of verbal, emotional, physical, sexual abuse, and even financial abuse.
It may start as early as middle school when youth start dating for the first time.
Interval House is dedicated to providing services to prevent and break the cycle of family and intimate partner abuse.
Teen dating violence is a form of domestic violence that impacts all students, whether they are the victims, perpetrators, bystanders or friends.
Dating violence is not about getting angry or having a disagreement. Many people in abusive relationships are no longer capable of seeing their own abilities or gifts.