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Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is described as stalking or physical, emotional, sexual, cyber, and/or psychological abuse in a teen relationship. It is important to remember that teen dating violence can occur in both current or past relationships. The reason that teen dating violence is so important is that it focuses on the age group that is most likely to have abuse in their relationships. 1 in 3 adolescents have experienced teen dating violence in the United States and women between the ages of 16-24 experience the highest rate of dating violence. If you or someone you know needs help in a teen dating violence situation, please call the CARDV Help Line (573-642-4422).


Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship

-Extreme jealousy

-Put-downs of the other partner

-Pressuring a partner to have sex

-Isolating from friends and family

-Checking personal accounts or cell phone without permission

-Extreme mood swings


Health Effects of Teen Dating Violence

-Symptoms of anxiety and depression

-Substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, etc)

-Poor academic performance and attendance

-Negative body image

-Low self-esteem

-Withdrawal from normal activities and social interactions

-Considering suicide


How to Help Someone in an Abusive Relationship

-Start a conversation with them, even if it is uncomfortable

For example: “When I heard you say that your partner keeps putting you down, it made me worried. Are you ok? If you need to talk about your relationship or get help, I am here for you.”

-Be supportive and believe their story

-Let them communicate with you whenever they need to. Sometimes victims do not want to discuss their situation at certain times

-Get support if you feel like they may be in serious danger

-Ask if you can go with them to get help


Resources on Teen Dating Violence

Centers for Disease Control

-Statistics and tips about teen dating violence


Love is Respect website

-Statistics on teen dating violence


Break the Cycle website

-Information on ending teen dating violence and knowing your rights

-Healthy relationships quiz

-Tips and resources for parents/teachers