Females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group – at a rate almost triple the national average.” U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993-99 (Oct. 2001, rev. 11/28/01)

What is Teen Dating Violence?

1 in 5 teens will be in an abusive relationship. Teens account for 51% of all reported sexual abuse. 

Teens who experience sexual abuse are more likely to experience further sexual abuse, and teen victims in grades 9 through 12 are also more likely to suffer from eating disorders, engage in suicidal behavior, become pregnant and engage in risky sexual behaviors.

Though teens are at an increased risk for experiencing physical and sexual violence, 81% of parents surveyed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Advocates for Youth admit that they do not believe teen dating violence is an issue, or they do not know if it is.

Is your relationship abusive? Would you help a friend in a bad situation? Are you an abusive partner? Take the quiz at LoveIsRespect.org and find out!

Warning signs include:

  •  Controlling you
  •  Insulting you
  •  Scaring you
  •  Hurting you
  •  Excessive jealousy
  •  Uncontrollable anger
  •  Monitoring your social media
  •  Threatening suicide if you want to break up
  •  Not allowing you to go out with your friends
  •  Telling you how to dress, act or think
  •  Accusing you of flirting
  •  Blaming you for violence
  •  Pulling hair
  •  Threatening to find someone else
  •  Making all the decisions
  •  Following you around
  •  Destroying letters, gifts or other possessions
  •  Forcing sex

Need help? Call CAAFA at 480-982-0205.