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20 Things You Should Know About Teen Dating Violence

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

The tragic crime of domestic violence in the United States is often unacknowledged by the public face that our society wears. Behind smiling, couples and seemingly carefree children lurk something that many thoughts was better left unspoken.  While the discussion of domestic violence happens much more often today, bringing light to this terrible crime that makes a home a prison, abuse still occurs, and, often, the children adopt these destructive behavioral patterns both as victims and aggressors

The shocking numbers

  • Annually one in four teens reports verbal, physical, and emotional or sexual abuse.
  • Almost one in five teens reports being a victim of emotional abuse.
  • Almost one in five high school age girls has been physically or sexually abused by their dating partner.
  • One of five college females will experience some form of dating violence.
  • A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults.
  • Dating violence among fellow teens is reported by about 54% of high school students.
  • One in three teens reports knowing someone who has been physically hurt by his or her partner through violent actions which included hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, and/or choking.
  • Nearly 80% of teens believe verbal abuse is a serious issue for their age group.
  • Nearly 80% of girls who have been victims of physical abuse in their dating relationships continue to date the abuser.
  • Nearly 20% of teen girls who have been in a relationship said that their boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm in the event of a break-up.
  • Nearly 70% of young women who have been raped knew their rapist; the perpetrator was or had been a boyfriend, friend, or casual acquaintance.
  • The majority of teen dating abuse occurs in the home of one of the partners.
  • About one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.
  • Forty percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age that has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
  • Most abused teens NEVER tell their parents.
  • In one study, from 30% to 50% of female high school students reported having already experienced teen dating violence.
  • In one particular year, 7% percent of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
  • A survey of 500 young women, ages 15 to 24, found that 60% were currently involved in an ongoing abusive relationship and all participants had experienced violence in a dating relationship.
  • One study found that 38% of date rape victims were young women from 14 to 17 years of age.
  • It is estimated that between 20% to 52% of high school and college age dating couples have engaged in physical abuse.

The sources of these facts come from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Center for Victims of Crime Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and other studies.

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