It is estimated that 1 in 4 teens is involved in an abusive
relationship. In a 1995 survey conducted by Family Circle and YM
magazines, 53% of the teens that responded reported having been abused
by their dating partner. In many situations, unfortunately, teens do not
recognize they are being abused until serious emotional and/or physical
damage is done.
Teen dating violence is similar to
adult relationship violence. It includes hitting, yelling, threatening,
name calling, and other forms of verbal, sexual, emotional, and physical
abuse. The number of incidents and the severity of the abuse increases
as the relationship continues. Teen dating violence can be as lethal as
domestic abuse. Dating violence affects about one in ten teen couples.
Very few teens tell anyone who could help, such as a parent, a teacher, a
counselor, or the police.
VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT LINKS
TEEN DATING HOME PAGE
SECTION 1: Signs of Healthy
Relationships; Myths and
Misconceptions; Warning Signs; Facts of Dating Violence
SECTION 2: Questions to ask in identifying abusive behavior; Things to do when ending an abusive relationship; Is
your relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend abusive?
SECTION 3: What you can do if someone you care
about is in an abusive relationship; Things you can do