Facts about teen dating violence

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Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.It can happen on a first date, or when you are deeply in love.

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Sexual control may also include reproductive coercion where an abuser sabotages his partner’s birth control, forces pregnancy and/or determines the outcome of the victim’s pregnancies.

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.

Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.

Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.

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