This abuse begins early, often before the age of eighteen or in early adulthood, as more than half of women (69.5%) and men (53.6%) who have been physically or sexually abused, or stalked by a dating partner, first experienced abuse between the ages of 11-24.
Furthermore, abuse and violence within the dating relationship can have a serious detrimental impact on the victims.
Parents, educators, community advocates, and other teens can take steps to prevent and intervene in situations of dating violence as well. Retrieved from February 14, 2017. “Dating Violence Information for Parents.” Dating Violence: Violence Prevention Works.
Clearly, teen dating violence is a significant problem affecting adolescents nationwide, but it is also one that is often overlooked or not recognized. Retrieved from February 14, 2017. “Dating Violence Information for Advocates & Service Providers.” Dating Violence: Violence Prevention Works.
It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.” But preventing and addressing dating violence shouldn’t be limited to just those in the relationships. US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Breiding, M. “What Are the Early Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence? Retrieved from Signsof Teen Dating on February 14, 2017.“Dating Violence Information for Educators.” Dating Violence: Violence Prevention Works.
That’s why it’s so important for communities to band together at all levels—from teens to parents to educators to community advocates—to raise awareness, support one another, and actively work towards preventing relationship abuse among teenagers.
For more info on this important subject, check out these additional resources: Grunbaum JA, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2003.
Every relationship is different and teen relationships, which are often fraught with drama and high emotion, can be dynamic and intense.
However, knowing the warning signs of dating violence is important to help teens, parents, and teachers recognize abusive behaviors. Intimate Partner Violence in the United States — 2010.