However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Teen Dating Violence [550 KB, 2 Pages, 508] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional aggression within a dating relationship, including stalking.
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Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence.
Below are just a few: Teen dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects.
Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2015.
The 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey [2.77 MB,180 Pages, 508] found that nearly 12% of high school females reported physical violence and nearly 16% reported sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
For high school males, more than 7% reported physical violence and about 5% reported sexual violence from a dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.