However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
As a result, many teen relationships – nearly one third – are characterized as either unhealthy or violent.
Understanding what teen dating violence is, why it happens, and what it means for those involved is an important first step in prevention.
Additionally, a teenager who commits teen dating violence may also face serious criminal consequences.
Teenagers aren’t always the most forthcoming with authority figures, so it is important to encourage open and free communication.
Violence in entertainment is everywhere and, unfortunately, has been normalized.
Teens mimic behaviors they see on screen, so it is not uncommon for teens to think the unhealthy relationships that are portrayed are normal or just a part of life everyone is subject to deal with.
In fact, girls between 16 and 24 are as likely than any other demographic to be abused by a boyfriend or other intimate partner.This leads to an increase in the number of relationships that go south.Teenage romantic relationships are more likely to turn violent when: Teens are also sponges – they absorb what they see and hear in the world around them.The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. Dating is an inevitable part of life that many experience for the first time as a teenager.