Dating Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time, used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Teen Dating Violence Statistics 2019
*Statistics from: Loveisrespect
- Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
- 1 in 3 girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
- 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
- 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
*Statistics from: DoSomething.org
- Roughly 1.5 million U.S. high school boys & girls admit to being hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
- Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, & violent behavior.
- 1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.
- 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
- 50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide.
*Statistics from: Just Say YES
- 1 in every 5 high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. (Journal of the American Medical Association)
- 1 in every 5 students between the ages of 11 & 14 say their friends are victims of dating violence, almost half experience verbal abuse. (Futures Without Violence)
- 43% of reported cases of dating violence occurred in a school building or on school grounds. (Day One)
- 50% of 14-24-year-olds have experienced digital dating abuse. (Day One)
- Among adult victims of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by a dating partner, 22.4% of women & 15% of men first experience some form of partner violence between 11 & 17 years of age. (CDC)
- Teaching young people about healthy relationships & ways to avoid physical dating violence can reduce physical & sexual dating violence by 60%.
*Statistics from: Break the Cycle
- More than half of women (69.5%) and men (53.6%) who have been physically or sexually abused, or stalked by a dating partner, first experienced abuse between the ages of 11-24.
- Of the 8.5% of middle school students who report having bullied a classmate, nearly 1 in 5 have been a victim of dating abuse.
- Nearly half of female and 1 in 4 male high school students who report experiencing sexual or physical abuse by a dating partner, have also been bullied electronically.
- Among male high school students who have experienced sexual and physical abuse by a dating partner, more than 1 in 4 have seriously contemplated suicide, and almost as many have attempted suicide.
- Among female high school students who have experienced sexual and physical abuse by a dating partner, nearly half have seriously contemplated suicide, and more than 1 in 4 have attempted suicide.
Resources for Dating Violence:
- Contact our prevention educator by phone 941-627-6000 or by email.
- CDC’s Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/datingmatters
- National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 or text 77054
- Love is Respect: www.loveisrespect.org
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center: www.nsvrc.org
- Break The Cycle: www.breakthecycle.org
- Do Something: www.dosomething.org/us
- Just Say Yes: www.justsayyes.org/