Adults Aren’t the Only Victims
Teen dating violence (TDV) affects millions of teens in the U.S. each year.
Nearly 1 in 11 female and approximately 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short-and long-term negative effects on a developing teen. For example, youth who are victims of TDV are more likely to:
- Experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
- Exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying or hitting
- Think about suicide
Violence in an adolescent relationship sets the stage for problems in future relationships, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration and/or victimization throughout life. For example, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
If you or someone you know is a victim of teen dating violence or abuse, call us on our hotline at 570-253-4401 or 570-296-HELP or chat with us.