Teen Dating Violence Statistics

1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.1
40% of teenage girls ages 14-17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.2
1 in 4 adolescents report verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.3
1 in 4 teens who have been in a serious relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family; the same number have been pressured to only spend time with their partner.1
1 in 3 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 say sex is expected for people their age if they’re in a relationship; half of teen girls who have experienced sexual pressure report they are afraid the relationship would break up if they did not give in.1
81% of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.4

Are you in an abusive relationship? Know the Red Flags!!

Has gotten to the point that “he’s just not himself” (she’s just not herself) anymore.
Makes the other person constantly question: “Is something wrong with what I did?”
Calls or texts messages the other person excessively
Monitors the other person by screening call logs, phone bills, or emails
Is always showing up unannounced a the person’s home, work, or hangouts
Tells the other what to do, what to wear, or how to act
Embarrasses the other in public or private through insults or degrading comments
Acts jealous a lot and frequently accuses the other person of things like cheating or flirting
Keeps the other person from doing the things the other person enjoys in life
Doesn’t ever want the other person to spend any free time with family and friends
Controls how the other spends money
Uses money as a tool to keep the other person from doing things- or makes the other person do things
Shows or hints at an explosive temper
Physically harms the other person or threatens to do harm
Forces the other person to do something sexual, even if it’s something the couple has done before
Threatens to do self harm if the other person leaves the relationship
Has gotten the other to the point where “she’s not quite herself” (“he’s not quite himself”) anymore. 5


  1. Teen Dating Abuse Survey 2006 Liz Claiborne Inc.: Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU)
  2. “Children Now,” Kaiser Permanente poll, December 1995
  3. Foshee VA, Linder GF, Bauman KE, et al. The Safe Dates project: theoretical basis, evaluation design, and selected baseline findings. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 1996;12(Suppl 2):39–47
  4. “Women’s Health,” June/July 2004, Family Violence Prevention Fund and Advocates for Youth
  5. Source: Know the Red Flags, a project of the Texas Council on Family Violence. 8 (2006)

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