Teen dating violence is something that happens more often than we would like to admit.

What does teen dating violence look like?

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do
  • Pressuring or forcing you to have sex

Power & Control Wheel

Explore the interactive Power & Control Wheel at LoveisRespect.org to learn more about Teen Dating Violence. 

Where to Go For Help


11 Facts about Teen Dating Violence

  1. Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
  2. Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.
  3. 1 in every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. A lack of alternative housing often leads women to stay in or return to violent relationships. Collect used cell phones to benefit domestic violence programs. Sign up for Cell Phones for Survivors.
  4. 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
  5. In the U.S., 25% of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually. Teen girls who are abused this way are 6 times more likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
  6. Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly 3 times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner.
  7. States in the U.S. do not consider a violent dating relationship domestic abuse. Therefore, adolescents, teens, and 20-somethings are unable to apply for a restraining order for protection from the abuser.
  8. Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72% of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating.”
  9. 50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide.
  10. A mere 1/3 of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.
  11. Teens who have been abused hesitate to seek help because they do not want to expose themselves or are unaware of the laws surrounding domestic violence.

Help End Teen Dating Violence

Help end teen dating violence by raising awareness.  Get active by updating your status to inform others, distribute materials to friends and family, host an awareness event.  You could even get your school or elected officials to help you raise awareness. 

Visit Break the Cycle and get active.



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