Teen Dating Violence Statistics
- Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence.
- 1 in 5 high school girls is physically or sexually hurt by a dating partner.
- 1 in 3 teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships.
- Only 33 % of teens who have been in or known about an abusive dating relationship report having told anyone about it.
- Teen girls face relationship violence 3 times more than adult women.
- 25% of victims say they have been isolated from family and friends.
- More than half of victims say they have compromised their own beliefs to please a partner.
- Many teens think this is normal.
- Teens report dating abuse via cell phones is a serious problem.
- Cell phone calls and texting mean constant control: 1 in 3 teens say they are text messaged 10, 20, 30 times an hour by a partner keeping tabs on them
- 82% of parents whose teens were emailed or text messaged 30 times an hour were not aware of this
- The majority of parents of teen victims are unaware of the abuse
Statistics from the US Dept. of Justice, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Liz Claiborne Inc. teen dating violence survey
Maintain your individuality
Pursue your goals
Don’t compromise your values
Tips for Parents
Maintain open communication Foster child's self-esteem/confidence Establish trusting relationship with child Be aware of your child's relationships Be good role models Model respectful behavior Teach children to give/expect respect Educate yourself about dating violence Talk to your teens about healthy relationships & abusive relationships
If you live in RI, be sure your school is
following the Lindsay Ann Burke Act
—dating violence policies in schools
—secondary school staff dating violence training
—teach about dating violence each year
in health class from grades 7-12
Teen Dating Violence
Dating violence, like domestic violence, is a pattern of controlling, and abusive behaviors of one person over another within a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse. It can occur in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It knows no boundaries and crosses all lines of race, socio-economic status, etc.
It CAN happen to ANYONE.