Teenagers, like adults in domestic violence, experience violence in their relationships. Teen dating violence exists in all gender, race, economic status, social status, and neighborhoods. Boys and girls are victims although the violence happens in different ways.
- A comparison of dating violence rates between teens and adults reveals that teens are at higher risk of dating violence.
- One out of four teenagers who have experienced dating violence in their relationships disclosed that they have been pressured to perform oral sex or have sexual intercourse.
- One out of five teenagers experienced some kind of dating violence, including physical, emotional, and verbal abuse.
- About 80% of teenagers that experienced dating violence were physically abused but they stayed in the abusive relationships.
- More than 50% of teenagers know someone between 13 to 18 years, who has been involved in a dating violence.
- Lesbian, and bisexual teenagers in same-sex dating equally experience dating violence as teenagers in opposite sex dating.
- About 85% of parents believed teen dating violence is not an issue or admitted that they do not know.
What to know
Dating violence is usually a pattern of behaviors whereby the abuser uses sexual, physical, threat, verbal, and/ or emotional to control the dating partner. Normal dating relationships should be cordial, romantic, and/ or intimate between/among partners. Learn to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship, recognizing abuse in a dating relationship can be difficult. Some of the early warning signs are:
- Quick temperedness
- Rigid sex roles
- Excessive jealousy
- Verbally abusive
- Threatens violence
- Controlling behavior
- Quick involvement
- History of abusive relationships
- Abusive to others, animals, and/or children
- Mood swings
- Isolates you from friends and family
- Hardly accepts faults
- Uses force during an argument
If you the teenager or someone you know, is in an abusive relationship, you need to act to break the cycle. Remember to speak out because no one deserves abuse or violence. Take care of yourself. Talk to a trusted adult. If you have concerns, questions, and/or need help, use our services including Ask Dr. Ike. You deserve to know what to do.