Teen Dating Violence Statists and Facts

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
  • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

Lack of Awareness

  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
  • Eighty-one (81) percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
  • Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse.

1 on 1 Individual Counseling

1 on 1 Individual counseling is provided to teens on the Hotline 814.438.2675, by texting “mysafe” to 20121, in person at Safe Journey or at an outreach site. Individual teen counseling is available for exploring and resolving a multitude of issues such as teen dating violence, empowerment, making healthy relationship choices, witnessing domestic violence and boosting self-confidence.

Teen Groups

Daily groups help meet the needs of teens who have been affected by domestic violence. Prevention and education materials include a variety of worksheets, workbooks and activities.

Teen Workbooks

The Personal Power Workbook for Teen Guys and The Personal Power Workbook for Teen Girls are separate self-development workbooks with exercises that provide opportunities to look inward to strengthen their confidence, self-esteem and personal power by making adjustments to their current thinking and beliefs about themselves

Teen Power

The Teen Power program helps teens discover power tools for their life-tool belt to develop positive coping skills, improve daily problem solving issues, make healthy decisions, to better respond to life situations and to deal with many issues that face teens.

Safe Dates

Safe Dates is a ten-session prevention program to help teens learn about dating abuse and its causes and consequences. Safe Dates helps teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships and why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships.
It helps equip students with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in an abusive dating relationship. Students also learn about the issue of sexual assault and how to prevent it from happening and they learn the four SAFE skills for effective communication and to practice these skills in a variety of role-plays.

Aspiring Youth

Aspiring Youth is a fun empowerment group for girls with a variety of activities and discussion topics such as self- confidence, emotional masks, body image, and healthy dating relationships. They gain skills to live a life guided by self-confidence, self-esteem and personal power.

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  • Voices

    Voices was created to address the unique needs of adolescent girls and young women. An Interactive Journal is designed to help explore the special qualities, experiences and strengths that make them who they are.

    External Links

    The links below can provide you with information about teen dating violence: