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Defining Dating Abuse
Teen dating abuse is an intentional pattern of behavior that one person uses over another person in a dating relationship in order to gain or maintain power and control over that person.
Dating abuse can happen in casual dating as well as long-term relationships. It can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, education, religion, race-ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or culture.
Facts and Statistics
- Approximately 1 in 3 U.S. teenagers are victims of dating abuse every year.
- 47% of teens (age 13-18) have personally been victimized by controlling behaviors from a dating partner.
- One in four teens in a relationship said they have been called names, harassed or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting.
Sources: (1) Liz Claiborne Inc. & Family Violence Prevention Fund (2009); (2) Davis, Antoinette (2008); (3) Liz Claiborne Inc. & TRU (2007); (4) Rand, Michael (2009).
- The Facts on Teens and Teen Dating Violence (Family Violence Prevention Fund)
- Teen Dating Abuse 2009 Key Topline Findings (Liz Claiborne, Inc. & Family Violence Prevention Fund)