Dating and Relationship Violence: Prevention and Awareness

  • Young adult dating violence is an increasing problem, affecting youth in every community across the nation. Learn the facts below.

    Too Common

    • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
    • 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.
    • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

    Why Focus on Young People?

    • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
    • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
    • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
    • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.