Teen Dating Violence

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Teen Dating Violence

Everyone deserves a healthy relationship.

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Teen girls report experiencing physical or sexual dating violence.

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Teen boys report experiencing physical or sexual dating violence.

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Teen girls said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm when presented with a breakup.

Teen dating violence is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. It can include four types of behavior: physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression, and/or stalking.

Teen dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting/messaging with an app or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often misunderstand behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, as a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence. 

Youth who are victims of teen dating violence are more likely to:

  • Experience symptoms of depression and anxiety that may carry throughout adulthood
  • Engage in unhealthy and risky behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
  • Exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying, or hitting
  • Think about suicide
  • 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.
  • Youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.

 

If you are a parent or caregiver and would like to learn how to approach this topic with your teen, please visit the link below for more resources and guidance. Although these conversations may be tough, your teen needs your guidance and support to know they deserve respect and healthy relationships.

How To Talk To Teens About Dating Violence

Teen Power & Control Wheel

These are some things that a teen experiencing abuse might be going through:

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