Teen Relationships is a site for
teens about dating violence, recognizing warning signs for an abusive
relationship, understanding what a healthy relationship is, and
resources for teens in abusive relationships.
Unhealthy relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a
lifetime of abuse. That's according to Choose Respect, a national
initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11-14 form healthy
relationships to prevent dating abuse.
Every student, parent and
teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in
the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one
in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.
The following ten facts are from Choose Respect's "Get the Facts: Dating
Abuse Statistics" and "About Choose Respect: Dating Abuse Fact Sheet":
- Each year approximately one in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
- Approximately one in five adolescents reports being a victim of emotional abuse.
- Approximately one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
- Dating violence among their peers is reported by 54% of high school students.
- One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been
physically hurt by his or her partner through violent actions which
included hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, and/or choking.
- Eighty percent 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
- Nearly 70% of young women who have been raped knew their rapist; the
perpetrator was or had been a boyfriend, friend, or casual
- The majority of teen dating abuse occurs in the home of one of the partners.