Facts about teen dating abuse
Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.
Teen violence carries with it some interesting statistics.
Many concerned organizations compile them regularly to raise awareness of teen violence.
CDC also developed a technical package, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices that describes strategies and approaches that are based on the best available evidence for preventing intimate partner violence (IPV), including TDV.
Consistent with CDC’s emphasis on primary prevention, the package includes multiple strategies that can be used in combination to stop IPV and TDV before it starts.
Supporting the development of healthy, respectful, and nonviolent relationships has the potential to reduce the occurrence of TDV and prevent its harmful and long-lasting effects on individuals, their families, and the communities where they live.
During the pre-teen and teen years, it is critical for youth to begin to learn the skills needed—such as effectively managing feelings and using healthy communication— to create and foster healthy relationships.
Students that had been abused by a partner were more likely than those that hadn’t to report being bullied on school grounds and missing school because they felt unsafe.
It can be hard for pre-teens and teens to know when a dating relationship is unhealthy.
How can someone know what is “normal” in a relationship if they haven’t been in one before? Dating abuse can involve a current partner or past partner and can be in-person or digital. Dating abuse affects around one in ten high school students, and it is likely to be underreported.
Unhealthy relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse.
That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11 to 14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.
Violence in an adolescent relationship sets the stage for problems in future relationships, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration and/or victimization throughout life.