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1547 Common Street
New Braunfels, TX, 78130
United States


crisis and prevention services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas

Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence

Dating Violence occurs when a person physically, sexually, emotionally, or verbally abuses another person in the context of a dating relationship, when one or both of them is a minor.
Dating Violence does not discriminate. It can occur in casual dating relationship and long term relationships, heterosexual and homosexual relationships.


  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are “dating”
  • 75% of Texas youth (ages 16-24) have personally experienced dating violence or know someone who has.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Between 42% and 87% of dating violence occurs on school grounds with the highest occurrences in rural schools.
  • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
  • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and further domestic violence.
  • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

What Can Be Done To Help?

  • Teach youth relationship skills, promote their own protective factors, and about the signs of an unhealthy relationships.
  • Make sure youth know how and where to get help.
  • Inform schools and parents how to recognize and respond to the signs of an abusive relationship amongst teens.
  • Bring awareness to the community.