Teen Dating Violence

What are the stats on Teen Dating Violence?

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence – almost triple the national average.
  • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those aged 16-19 and 70% of those aged 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
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For College Students

  • Of dating college women, 43% reported experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors
  • One in three dating college students has given a dating partner their computer, email or social network passwords and these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse.

Effects of Abuse

  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
  • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk of substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.

L ove is Respect is a national program dedicated to educating, empowering and engaging young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. February is Teen DV Month. A month that the nation works to raise awareness about teen abuse. Wear Orange 4 Love.

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