Internet Safety

Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship.

It occurs in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and can include any combination of verbal, emotional, physical, sexual abuse, and even financial abuse.

It may start as early as middle school when youth start dating for the first time. The dangerous effects of teen dating violence and sexual assault can significantly affect the rest of a teenager’s life if it is not prevented or stopped. Even after the violence has ended, victims are more likely to engage in high-risk behaviors, including binge drinking, cocaine use, suicide attempts, and eating disorders.

 

A few statistics & facts

  • Approximately 1 in 3 girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.1
  • Technology (Facebook, Twitter, blogging, text messaging, etc.) that tweens and teens use allows teen dating violence to increase in pervasiveness, but remain more hidden than ever.
  • Only 3% of students who experience dating violence tell an authority figure, while 60% tell a friend. 
  • In Philadelphia, the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 13.6% of girls and 7.7% of boys reported that they were hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their romantic partners in the past year, and 11.2% of female students and 4.9% of male students reported they were physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to in a current or previous relationship. The nationwide average for the occurance of phyiscal violence was 11.7% for girls and 7.5% for boys, while the national average for forced sexual intercourse among teen relationships was 10.3% for girls and 3.1% for boys.2 
  • Survivors of teen dating violence may find it difficult to be intimate with a new partner in adulthood, become a productive member of society, develop a personal value system, or establish an adult identity.3

1Davis, Antoinette, MPH. 2008. Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus. Available at http://www.nccd-crc.org/nccd/pubs/Dating%20Violence%20Among%20Teens.pdf.

2MMWR August 12, 2016 / Vol. 65 / No. 9

3CDC, Available at https://youth.gov/youth-topics/teen-dating-violence/consequences#_ftn8


Experiencing teen dating violence?

Click here for a list of Philadelphia organizations and resources that can help if you or a friend is experiencing teen dating violence.


Interested in our Teen Dating Violence workshops?

Request a training online.


Interested in learning more?

The following websites are great tools for learning more about teen dating violence:

thatsnotcool.com
loveisrespect.org
Love is Not Abuse
Break the Cycle
A Thin Line

waa-walk-13.jpg
Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis’ Story

Doreen Davis is a longtime supporter of Women Against Abuse who has used her expertise in traditional labor law to assist WAA for over two decades.

Read Full Story
Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

Overbrook Presbyterian’s Story

The Women’s Dining Circle of Overbrook Presbyterian Church knows how to make fundraising down right fun. In January, the Dining Circle hosted a dinner that raised over $1,200 for Women Against Abuse.

Read Full Story
Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa’s Story

Alyssa* had been living with her parents and was restricted to a wheelchair due to under-developed limbs.

Read Full Story
Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg’s Story

Doug Schoenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of SofterWare, Inc., recently provided a challenge match through the Schoenberg Family Charitable Fund as an incentive to help Women Against Abuse gain new monthly donors.

Read Full Story
Georgina O’Hara’s Story

Georgina O’Hara’s Story

Pro bono representation provided by local law firms makes a meaningful difference for the thousands of clients seeking help at our Legal Center.

Read Full Story
Sara’s Story

Sara’s Story

Sara* was a victim of domestic violence who transformed into a strong and capable mother with support from Women Against Abuse.

Read Full Story
Dana’s Story

Dana’s Story

Former emergency shelter resident Dana*, intelligent and bright-spirited, worked hard for her credentials.

Read Full Story
Lucia’s Story

Lucia’s Story

Lucia* came to the WAA emergency shelter pregnant and with five children.

Read Full Story
LATICIA’S STORY

LATICIA'S STORY

“We were just a couple trying to make a relationship work,” reflected Laticia.

Read Full Story
Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

“This is not OK; this is not who I will be; I will love my children; violence will not be allowed in my home.”

Read Full Story

If you or someone you know needs help, call our toll-free 24-hour Hotline:

1.866.723.3014

Sign up for Action Alerts, Updates & Newsletters!