Statistics of dating abuse
Unhealthy relationship behaviors often start early and lead to a lifetime of abuse.That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11-14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.Similar numbers of both sexes say they've been abusers.Additional new research shows teens who abuse their girlfriends and boyfriends often share a past as middle-school bullies.Estimates of teen dating violence prevalence vary widely, because studies define and measure violence differently over different periods of time for different populations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one in eleven adolescents is a victim of physical dating violence.
The following percentages of dating teens reported experiencing forms of abuse: An NIJ-funded longitudinal study of 1,162 students in the Midwest examined the prevalence of several kinds of abuse that male and female middle and high school students experienced and perpetrated in teen dating relationships. About one-third of girls and boys (35 percent and 36 percent, respectively) reported experiencing physical violence in a teen dating relationship. Verbal emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse in teen dating relationships for both girls and boys: 73 percent of girls and 66 percent of boys reported experiencing at least one instance of verbal abuse in a dating relationship in high school.
More girls reported perpetrating physical dating violence than boys (34 percent vs. In addition, 64 percent of girls and 45 percent of boys reported perpetrating verbal emotional abuse toward a dating partner. Nearly one in four girls and one in seven boys reported being victims of sexual coercion in a teen dating relationship. NIJ-funded research has also examined the prevalence of dating violence among a national sample of Latino adolescents.
Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.
The 24-hour service is available at at 1-866-331-9474, or by texting "loveis" to 22522.