The good news is, it doesn’t have to happen at all.
Learn how to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships with CDC’s online resources.
Consistent with other adolescent relationship abuse studies, researchers found there was significant overlap between victimization and perpetration; 84 percent of victims also perpetrated abuse in a relationship.
The helpline also offers tips on preventing abusive relationships and promotes awareness of healthy dating relationships.
To help bring greater awareness to teen dating violence, NCJRS presents this online compilation of topical resources.
Once teens experience violence in one relationship, research has shown they are at significant risk for experiencing violence in another relationship.
According to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice, 69 percent of youth age 12-18 who were either in a relationship or had been in the past year reported being a victim of teen dating violence.
Additionally, 63 percent of that same sample acknowledged perpetrating violence in a relationship.
Psychological abuse was the most common type of abuse victimization reported (over 60 percent), but there were also substantial rates of sexual abuse (18 percent) and physical abuse victimization (18 percent).
It is important that teens who experience dating violence seek help soon after so they can receive services to protect against the potential psychosocial impacts of violence and reduce the likelihood of future violence.
With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Dating Abuse Helpline launched to help make vital resources accessible to teens experiencing dating violence.
National leaders are stepping up to help address teen dating violence.