How pervasive and harmful is dating abuse?
Dating abuse is one of the most overlooked forms of violence.
- According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.
- Adolescents and young adults have the highest rates of intimate partner violence of any age group.
- Dating abuse affects both males and females, and occurs in relationships among young people from all races, class backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
- A study of 1,430 7th-grade students revealed that many 7th-graders are dating and experiencing physical, psychological and electronic dating violence. More than one in three (37%) students surveyed report being a victim of psychological dating violence and nearly one in six (15%) report being a victim of physical dating violence.
- Dating abuse victims are at greater risk for poor health and mental health outcomes.
- A substantial number of dating abuse incidents occur in school buildings and on school grounds.
- Abusive behaviors learned in adolescence can escalate into adulthood.
- The impact of dating and domestic violence is devastating, both economically and socially. In 2006, the cost of intimate partner violence was estimated at $5.8 billion.
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