Dating Violence

Dating Violence is the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Dating violence affects all age groups, but is often most thought of in connection with teens.

Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a person’s emotional development. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effect, especially on developing teens in violent relationships. Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college. (

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.


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