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.