Teen Dating Violence Month

Teen Dating Violence Month, taking place annually during the month of February, is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teens and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

Dating violence is more common than many people may think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

Dating Abuse Statistics

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • 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.
  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
  • 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
  • A teen’s confusion about the law and their desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.

Download the toolkit filled with activities to make a difference during Teen Dating Violence Month here.

Help is available to those who are experiencing abuse through the following contact information:

loveisrespect_logo1_300Chat at http://loveisrespect.org

Text “loveis” to 22522

Call 1-866-3331-9474

In addition, the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center has a 24/7 crisis helpline at 845-628-2166. All services are provided at no cost and all information is kept confidential.