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Dating violence is controlling, abusive, or aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can occur in straight or gay relationships. This may include verbal, emotional, physical, sexual abuse, or a combination thereof.

Controlling behavior may include:

  • don’t give to friends
  • Call or page frequently to find out where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing
  • tell me what to wear
  • must be together forever

    Verbal and emotional abuse may include:

  • call your name
  • envy
  • despise you (cut you down)
  • Threatening to hurt you, your family, or yourself if you don’t do what they want

    Physical abuse may include:

  • push in
  • punching
  • slap
  • pinch
  • hitting
  • kick
  • pull hair
  • strangulation

    Sexual abuse may include:

  • unwanted touches and kisses
  • force sex
  • do not use contraception
  • coerce other sexual acts

    Anyone can be a victim of dating violence. Both boys and girls are victims, but both boys and girls abuse their partners in many ways. Girls are more likely to yell, threaten to hurt themselves, pinch, slap, scratch, and kick. Boys are more likely to hurt girls, and are more likely to hit her partner or force her to participate in unwanted sexual acts. Some teenage victims experience occasional violence. Others are abused more often, sometimes daily.

    You are not alone – stats

  • About 1 in 5 high school girls report being physically and/or sexually abused by a partner.
  • Of the female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of women between the ages of 16 and 19 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Between 1993 and 1999, 22% of all murders against women aged 16-19 were committed by intimate partners.
  • Nearly half of adult sex offenders report committing their first sex crime before the age of 18.
  • 58% of rape victims report being raped between the ages of 12 and 24.
  • Half of all reported date rapes occur among teenagers.
  • Only 33% of teens in abusive relationships had told someone about their abuse.
  • 15% of teens ages 13-18 who have been in a relationship said they had been hit, spanked or pushed by their partner.4% of teens were really bad We agreed that it was okay for someone to hit their partner if they did something bad or embarrassing. More Hispanic teens (13%) reported that hitting their partner was acceptable.
  • 30% of teens ages 13-18 report that they are concerned about their safety in a relationship.
  • Adolescent intimate partner violence is associated with increased risk of drug use, unhealthy weight management behavior, sexual risk behavior, pregnancy, and suicide.

    Parent awareness

  • 81% of parents surveyed either don’t think teen dating violence is a problem or admit they aren’t sure if it is.
  • A majority of parents (54%) admit they have never told their children about dating violence.

    teen consciousness

  • Nearly 25% of 14- to 17-year-old students surveyed know at least one victim of dating violence, while 11% know multiple victims of dating violence. 33% of teens have actually witnessed such an event.
  • Twenty percent of the boys surveyed reported witnessing someone in high school punch their partner.
  • 39% of high school girls report talking at school about whether someone is trying to control who they’re dating.
  • 57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually or verbally abused in a dating relationship.
  • 45% of girls know a friend or colleague who was forced to have intercourse or oral sex.
  • 1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or colleague who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by a romantic partner.
  • In 9 out of 10 rapes, the perpetrator is under the age of 18 and the victim is under the age of 18.

    incident report

  • When high school girls were asked who they would turn to if someone they were dating was trying to dominate them, insulted them, or physically harmed them, 86% said they would confide in a friend and call the police. Only 7% said yes. .
  • Eighty-three percent of 10th graders surveyed at the 4th Annual Teen Dating Abuse Summit reported they would seek help from a friend sooner about dating abuse than a teacher, counselor, parent, or other caring adult. did.
  • Only 33% of teens in abusive relationships had told someone about their abuse.
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