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Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence, which includes stalking, harassment, physical or sexual abuse, affects approximately 10% of all teenagers between the ages of 12 to 18. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth who are victims of dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety, and are more likely to think about suicide.

Relationship Red Flags

There are a number of behaviors that can be considered signs of an abusive or unhealthy relationship, including but not limited to:

  • Excessive jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Invasions of privacy
  • Pressuring a partner into unwanted sexual activity
  • False accusations
  • Physical violence
What Can You Do?

If you think you are in an abusive relationship, consider reaching out to someone you trust --- a parent, a friend, a school counselor or a therapist. You can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) for help.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, observed in February, is an opportunity to educate young people about dating violence, as well as about the ways they can develop healthy relationships. There are a number of resources available at Teen Dating Violence to help youth, parents and educators raise awareness and educate their loved ones.

Additional Resources

Page last updated: January 20, 2023