What We Know about Teen Dating Violence*
- It occurs too often: Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
- It disproportionately affects youth: Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
- It’s effects are long-lasting: Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls 6x more likely to become pregnant and 2x more likely to get a STI.
- It is underreported: Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
- It is not perceived as a problem: 81% percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
If you suspect a teen in your life is a victim of teen dating violence, contact the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866.331.9474 or 866.331.8453 (TTY).
Parents play a very important role in helping their adolescents avoid teen dating violence. Although they may not seem to welcome your involvement, teens in abusive situations definitely need the support of their parents. Check out the Start Strong program for some great tips and resources on how to help your teens.
Athletic coaches play an extremely influential and unique role in the lives of young men, often serving as a parent or mentor to the boys they coach. Because of these special relationships, coaches are poised to positively influence how young men think and behave both on, and off, the field. From speeches to the team, practice sessions, or simply casual conversation, coaches have many opportunities to impart their philosophies to athletes.
*Adapted from http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/dating-violence-statistics