Teen 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