Teen Dating & Violence

Teen dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors used by a teen to harm, threaten, intimidate or control the person they’re involved with. This can happen in serious or casual relationships. The behaviors happen during a relationship, but may also continue after the relationship has ended.


Teen dating abuse

Teen dating abuse usually includes some combination of physical, emotional, sexual, technological abuse and stalking. These terms are further defined with examples below.

  • Physical forms of abuse may include hitting, punching, pinching, pushing, shoving, grabbing, slapping, kicking, choking, pulling hair, biting, throwing things, or arm twisting.
  • Emotional abuse involves the intentional infliction of emotional distress by threat, coercion or humiliation. Behaviors may include put-downs; name calling; intense jealousy; controlling activities, appearance or friendships; social sabotage; making threats to harm one’s dating partner or oneself.
  • Sexual abuse encompasses any unwanted sexual contact; it may occur between intimates, acquaintances or strangers. Behaviors range from unwanted touching through forced sex and may include behaviors like reproductive control and birth control sabotage.
  • Technological abuse includes behaviors enacted online, through tracking technologies, or through cellphones that are intended to harm, intimidate, monitor, coerce or control their target. Technological abuse can include, but is not limited to, repeated calls or text messages; non-consensual access to email or social networking sites; creating a false social media site, or impersonating the target on social media; texts or phone call logs; pressuring for, or disseminating private or embarrassing pictures, videos, or other personal information.
  • Stalking involves a repeat pattern of harassing or threatening tactics that are unwanted and cause the target of these behaviors to feel unsafe or afraid.

Teen Dating Violence is a big problem, affecting youth in every community

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
  • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • 11.3% of Indiana high school students surveyed reported having experienced some form of dating violence (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2011). 
    • 10.6% of high school females 
    • 12% of high school males
  • 9.8% of Indiana high school students surveyed report having been physically forced to have sexual intercourse at some point in their lifetime (YRBS, 2011).
    • 14.5% of high school females
    • 5.2% of high school males

Learn More About Teen Dating Violence….

Stand 4 Respect: teen dating violence and respectful relationships: http://www.stand4respect.org/

Tea Videohttp://www.consentiseverything.com/

Love is Respect:  the ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse: http://www.loveisrespect.org/

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Crisis: hotline available 24/7: 1-800-332-7385 – http://www.icadvinc.org/

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Teen Dating Violence: http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teen_dating_violence.html