Fact Sheet
  •  33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse. 1
  • Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with. 1
  •  One in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner – a figure that far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth. 2
  •  Nearly one in ten 15-year-old girls disclosed experiencing physical dating violence and one in four disclosed experiencing psychological abuse. 2
  •  Approximately 9% of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months before surveyed. 3
  • A mere 1/3 of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence. 1
  • Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly 3 times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner. 1
  •  Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72% of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating.” 1
  •  One in three teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by a partner. 2
  •  Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and/ or stalking by an intimate partner, 22% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. 3



  1. DoSomething.org. “11 Facts About Teen Dating Violence.” https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-teen-dating-violence. Accessed February 2015.
  2. Futures Without Violence. “The Facts on Tweens and Teens and Dating Violence.” http://www.azcadv.org/azcadv2014wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Teen-Dating-Violence-Facts.pdf. Accessed February 2015.
  3. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. “Understanding Teen Dating Violence.” http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/teen-dating-violence-factsheet-a.pdf. Accessed February 2015.


Learn More!

  • Centers Of Disease Control and Prevention. “Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.” www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/datingmatters
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center. www.nsvrc.org