- 1 in 3 adolescents nationwide is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.1
- Nearly 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. experience physical abuse from a boyfriend or girlfriend in a single year.2
- 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a dating partner.3
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.4
- Violent behavior often begins between the ages of 12 and 18.5
- The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.6
- Victims of dating violence have a higher risk of substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and further domestic violence.7
- Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship told someone about the abuse.8
- 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it's an issue.9
1. "Dating Abuse Statistics." Love is Respect. http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/dating-violence-statistics/ Accessed 22 Feb. 2017.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students—United States, 2003," Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol. 55, No. 19.
3. Grunbaum JA, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al. 2004. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 53(SS02); 1-96. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5302a1.htm.
4. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice and Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, 1993-2004. Dec. 2006.
5. Rosado, Lourdes, The Pathways to Youth Violence; How Child Maltreatment and Other Risk Factors Lead Children to Chronically Aggressive Behavior. 2000. American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center.
6. S.L. Feld & M.A. Strauss, Criminology, 27, 141-161, (1989).
7. Jay G. Silverman, PhD; Anita Raj, PhD; Lorelei A. Mucci, MPH; Jeanne E. Hathaway, MD, MPH, "Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality" JAMA. 2001;286(5):572-579. doi:10.1001/jama.286.5.572
8. Liz Claiborne Inc., conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, (February 2005).
9. "Women's Health," June/July 2004, Family Violence Prevention Fund and Advocates for Youth, http://www.med.umich.edu/whp/newsletters/summer04/p03-dating.html.