Facts and statistics about dating violence

Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. One study found that only 6% of girls and 11% of boys told anyone about the abuse that they experienced (O'Keefe and Treister, 1998).

Middle school, high school, and college age women experience a higher rate of rape than any other group.

Dating abuse ranks dead last on a list of topics parents most commonly discuss with their teens: school/grades (95%), money (90%), the economy (83%), family finances (78%), dating relationships (72%), alcohol (71%), drugs (71%), sex (64%) and dating abuse (31%). 52% of college students know someone in an abusive relationship yet only 8% see it as a major campus problem and many don’t intervene for the following reasons: think it will make the matter worse (62%), feel it is not their business (60%), think it will hurt their relationship with the victim (60%), they know the abuser (56%), and afraid the abuser might make their life more difficult (56%). Conducted by Knowledge Networks, (December 2010), “College Dating Violence and Abuse Poll”. Conducted by Tru Insight, (June 2009), “Teen Dating Abuse Report”.

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Fear of the abuser's threats is usually the #1 reason, but lack of social support or fear that nothing will happen to the abuser also are reasons.

To end abuse in teen relationships, abusers much be held responsible for their behavior and possess a willingness to change.

Teen dating violence and sexual assault is estimated to occur between lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth at about the same rate as in straight teen relationships.

(NCAVP, 2001; Dahir, 1999) However, LGBTQ youth are even less likely than heterosexual youth to tell anyone or seek help, and there are fewer resources for these teens.

TRUE or FALSE ANSWERS: 1) FALSE Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

An estimated 25 percent to 35 percent of adolescent abusers reported that their violence served to intimidate, frighten or force the other person to give me something.Explore this section to learn the basics of dating, healthy relationships and drawing the line before abuse starts.A good partner is not excessively jealous and does not make you feel guilty when you spend time with family and friends.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.A good partner also compliments you, encourages you to achieve your goals and does not resent your accomplishments.

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