tdvTeen dating violence definition is physical, sexual, verbal, stalking or psychological/ emotional violence within the dating relationship.  It may occur in person or through electronically (cell phone and/or social media) and occur between a current or former partner.  Other terms to describe teen dating violence are:

  • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
  • Relationship Abuse
  • Relationship Violence
  • Dating Abuse
  • Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence Facts

  • About 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse yearly.
  • 1 in 3 youth is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from dating partner.
  • ¼ of high school females have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • Girls and young ladies between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of dating violence.
  • About 37% of boys report they are victims of dating violence.
  • Nearly 7% of boys have been victims of teen dating violence.
  • Girls are more likely to yell, pinch, slap, scratch, kick, or threaten to hurt themselves, while boys are more likely to injure their partner severely.
  • Less than 25% of teens discussed dating violence with their parents

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