Statistics on teen dating abuse
Each year, one in ten teenagers reports being the victim of teen dating violence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 23% of males and 14% of females surveys indicated that they had been part of a relationship that was violent or abusive.
Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.
The 24-hour service is available at at 1-866-331-9474, or by texting "loveis" to 22522.
Each statistic includes a footnote citation for the original source, where you can find information about the methodology and a definition of terms.
Teenagers are diving into intimate relationships while still learning about the patience, communication, and trust required to make a relationship successful.
These findings, to be presented today in Honolulu at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, are the latest to shed light on a problem that has only come out of the shadows in recent years.
Researchers and educators eager to stop violent patterns early — and reduce abuse not only among teens but among the adults they will become — already are testing programs that teach younger children and teens how to have healthier relationships.
Additional new research shows teens who abuse their girlfriends and boyfriends often share a past as middle-school bullies.
TDV may include sexual violence including any kind of unwanted or forced sexual contact.
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.
The primary data source we use is the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which is an annual study conducted by the Justice Department.
To conduct NCVS, researchers interview tens of thousands of Americans each year to learn about crimes that they’ve experienced.
In this page we use “dating” as an inclusive term covering the range of adolescent romantic relationships ranging from casual, episodic encounters to longer-term, committed relationships. TDV can include physical abuse—things like hitting, pushing, slapping, or strangling a dating partner.