Dating abuse crosses all age groups, races, cultures, religions, educational and employment backgrounds.
Dating abuse is a controlling pattern of negative behaviors.
Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling.
A CDC Report found among victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, nearly 23% of females and 14% of males first experienced some form of violence by that partner before age 18. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.
Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.