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Teen Dating Violence

What is teen dating violence?

It is what happens in a teen dating relationship when one person uses abuse to gain power and keep control over his or her partner. This abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal or sexual and generally escalates over time.

If you are being abused, know that it is not okay, and it is not your fault. Talk to a friend or trusted adult. Call New Hope for Women and speak to one of our school-based advocates.

If you are the abuser, it is important for you to recognize your behavior and make changes. Speak honestly with a school counselor and with your partner.

Some facts about teen dating violence:

  • As many as 1 in 4, or 25% of dating couples report some type of violence in their relationship.
  • 40% of teenage girls ages 14-17 say they know someone their age who has been hit by a boyfriend.
  • Nearly 80% of girls who are physically abused in an intimate relationship continue to date the abuser.
  • Patterns of abuse and violence developed in junior high or high school are often carried forward into adult relationships.
  • Dating violence most often occurs in the home of one of the partners.
  • Both teenage boys and teenage girls report being victims of violence in relationships.

Where to get help

New Hope for Women's hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-522-3304. If you would feel more comfortable chatting online with an advocate, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline has a Live Chat. This feature is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can access the live chat by going to www.loveisrespect.org, by texting "loveis" to the SMS shortcode 77054, or by calling 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453).