The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.Dating violence is violence that occurs within a dating relationship rather than, say, marriage; and dating violence is as much a problem for teenagers as it is for adults.In fact, statistics show that one-in-three teenagers have experienced teenage domestic violence in a dating relationship.you might feel hurt, or could hurt your partner if one of you decides to end the relationship. Learning how to deal with these issues is one of the challenges of dating. While we want to believe that hand holding, moonlight walks, gifts, sweet words, and loving glances are all part of a dating relationship, and that these new feelings and experiences are so wonderful … You could be in a relationship where your partner is verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive. Maybe you think that it's your job to make the relationship work.Maybe you don't know that it's notokay for your partner to beat you. Teenagers can often misinterpret abusive and violent behavior as a show of love.Emotional abuse is commonly present alongside the physical abuse or sexual abuse that takes place.Sexual violence in dating relationships is also a major concern.
In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.
A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.
Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.
Maybe you're afraid that there's no one else in the whole world who would want you. Hitting, yelling, threatening, name calling, and using and hurting you sexually isn't love!
Maybe you think it's your fault that your partner is so abusive … can include ridiculing, name-calling, threats, constant criticism, controlling, belittling, and other negative behavior to scare their partner or destroy her/his self-esteem.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
It can include emotional, verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse.
In most cases of TDV, violence is used to get another to do what he/she wants, to gain power and control, to cause humiliation and to promote fear, and to retaliate against a partner (Foshee & Langwick, 2010).