Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence Facts

For references visit www.breakthecycle.org.



Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experienced a physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

1 in 10 high school students has been hit, slapped or physically hurt purposefully by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

One quarter of high school girls have been victims of a physical or sexual abuse or date rape.



A teen’s confusion about the law and the desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers to young victims of violence getting help.

81% of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.

57% of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.

Only 33% of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.

Information from Break the Cycle: Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence.