Dating, domestic and sexual violence are serious, widespread problems throughout the U.S. and the world. In fact, nearly one in four women in the U.S. reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse or boyfriend at some point in her life.i Teens and young women are especially vulnerable to relationship abuse and violence. Add to that the 15.5 million U.S. children who live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past yearii and you have a huge number of young people in this country whose lives are affected — sometimes shaped — by violence.
Prevalence of Teen Dating Violence
Consequences of Teen Dating Violence
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[i] Adverse Health Conditions and Health Risk Behaviors Associated with Intimate Partner Violence, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. February 2008. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5705a1.htm.
[ii] McDonald, R, Jouriles, E, Ramisetty-Mikler, S. et al. 2006. Estimating the Number of American Children Living in Partner-Violent Families. Journal of Family Psychology 20(1): 137-142.
[iii] Davis, Antoinette, MPH. 2008. Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus. Available at http://www.nccd-crc.org/nccd/pubs/Dating%20Violence%20Among%20Teens.pdf.
[iv] Liz Claiborne Inc. 2005. Omnibuzz® Topline Findings-Teen Relationship Abuse Research. Teenage Research Unlimited. Available at http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/surveyresults.htm.
[v] Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, Teenage Research Unlimited for Liz Claiborne Inc. and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. February 2008. Available at www.loveisnotabuse.com/pdf/Tween%20Dating%20Abuse%20Full%20Report.pdf.
[vi] Silverman, J, Raj A, et al. 2001. Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality. JAMA. 286:572-579. Available at http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/286/5/572.
[vii] Silverman, J, Raj A, et al. 2001. Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality. JAMA. 286:572-579. Available at http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/reprint/286/5/572.
[viii] Decker M, Silverman J, Raj A. 2005. Dating Violence and Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adolescent Females. Pediatrics. 116: 272-276.
"One in three teens reports knowing a friend of peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by a partner."
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