Too Common Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. 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.
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Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
Lack of Awareness Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
Teen Stats Courtesy of Are you in an abusive relationship?
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Don’t Forget About College Students Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
College students are not equipped to deal with dating abuse – 57% say it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it.
Similar to domestic violence, teen dating violence is a repeated pattern of mental, physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse where one dating partner makes the other partner feel scared, weak, isolated, hurt, or sad.
However, young adults in abusive relationships face unique barriers to getting the help they need, including: Since 1995, Between Friends has been implementing its teen dating violence prevention program Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope (REACH).
Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.