Facts on dating violence
However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends.
Violence in an adolescent relationship sets the stage for problems in future relationships, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration and/or victimization throughout life.
Teen dating violence is a major public health concern, with about 1 in 10 teens experiencing physical violence or sexual coercion, and even higher rates of psychological abuse.Please visit the Dating Matters website to learn more!CDC also developed a technical package, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices that describes strategies and approaches that are based on the best available evidence for preventing intimate partner violence (IPV), including TDV.Some progress toward awareness, prevention, and intervention with these youth has been made.
Organizations like loveisrespect, Futures without Violence, and Break the Cycle have increased awareness and provided resources for teens.
During the pre-teen and teen years, it is critical for youth to begin to learn the skills needed—such as effectively managing feelings and using healthy communication— to create and foster healthy relationships.