Women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of becoming teen dating abuse victims.Dating violence is defined as a pattern of controlling or abusive behaviors perpetrated by a current or former dating partner.Encouraging or demanding that a partner neglect relationships with friends and family.The abuser typically shows jealousy of other relationships and monopolizes the victim’s time so that they can’t engage in healthy relationships with others.Although all victims of gender-based violence are affected negatively, research reveals that female victims of dating violence often experience more severe and longer-lasting consequences than do male victims.
Teen dating violence crosses all racial, economic and social lines and most victims are young women.
Statistics show that 72% of students in 8th and 9th grades are in dating relationships.
Teens use abuse to manipulate and control the other person in the relationship through behaviors ranging from intimidation to severe physical and sexual abuse.
If someone says they love you, but their actions make you sad, fearful or angry then the emotion they are feeling is not love.
Teenagers can choose healthy relationships when they learn to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship, understand that they have choices and believe they are valuable people who deserve to be treated with respect.