CDC is committed to stopping violence before it begins.
If you suspect a teen in your life is a victim of teen dating violence, contact the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866.331.9474 or 866.331.8453 (TTY).
Parents play a very important role in helping their adolescents avoid teen dating violence.
Program length varies from less than a day to more than 20 sessions.
A few programs frame the issue using a feminist perspective, while others use a more skills-based and gender-neutral approach.
Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
In terms of same-sex relationships we see that males accounted for 60% of these incidents, and females accounted for 40%.
Thus, in general, boys and men perpetrate more violence in dating relationships whether they are same-sex or different-sex. There is clearly something happening in male culture that makes this violence acceptable. Here are some tactics used by perpetrators of dating violence to maintain power and control within the relationship: Physical Physical violence is probably what most of us think of when we hear the term dating violence.
Police-reported statistics show us the number of dating violence survivors is highest among the 15-24 age group representing 43% of all incidents of dating violence in Canada.