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TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

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Dating violence can happen among young people, and can affect youth regardless of social, economic, racial, ethnic, gender, or sexual orientation differences. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of becoming domestic violence victims, and experience abuse at a rate three times greater than other groups.

Being a teen means dealing with adult issues such as learning to drive, getting a job. Unfortunately for some, it also means learning how to deal with dating violence.

Teen dating violence can happen to both girls and boys, no matter your social or economic status, your race, or whether or you're straight or gay. Learn the facts about teen dating violence. 

Who is affected by dating violence?

  • Approximately 1 in 5 high school female students say they were physically and/or sexually abused by their dating partner.
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) teen couples are just as likely as heterosexual couples to be involved in dating violence.
  • 57% of teens say they know of a peer who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive to their dating partner.
  • 33% of teens have actually seen the abuse or violence themselves.

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