Statistics on dating violence
It can be hard for pre-teens and teens to know when a dating relationship is unhealthy.
How can someone know what is “normal” in a relationship if they haven’t been in one before? Dating abuse can involve a current partner or past partner and can be in-person or digital. Dating abuse affects around one in ten high school students, and it is likely to be underreported.
A final analysis examined the association between dominance by one partner and partner violence perpetrated against a partner in dating samples using data from the IDVS.
Among the minority of reported analyses that do report a statistically significant effect, two-thirds of the published findings show sanctions are associated with reductions in repeat offending and one third show sanctions are associated with increased repeat offending.
Victims are also more likely to become depressed or anxious, use drugs or alcohol, become suicidal, or be abused in future relationships.
Teaching pre-teens and teens about healthy relationships is vital in preventing teen dating violence.
unwanted sexual penetration after being pressured in a nonphysical way).By promoting positive relationship behaviors, teens learn about what they should expect from peers and how they are expected to behave toward peers, in both intimate and friendship relationships.Pre-teens and teens are forming ideas about relationships that can last a lifetime.Supporting the development of healthy, respectful, and nonviolent relationships has the potential to reduce the occurrence of TDV and prevent its harmful and long-lasting effects on individuals, their families, and the communities where they live.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.
According to loveisrespect.org, teens stay in abusive relationships for many reasons: These statistics are particularly troubling given the lasting impact dating abuse can have on victims.