The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, or a combination.
TRUE or FALSE 2) Girls who stay in abusive relationships have no one to blame but themselves.
TRUE or FALSE 3) Dating violence happens mostly to females.
There are specific warning signs that may indicate your teen is in an abusive relationship.
Different people in your teen’s life (teachers, coaches, friends and other family members) may each notice warning signs in your teen and their dating partner.
Dating violence crosses all racial, age, economic and social lines.
TRUE or FALSE ANSWERS: 1) FALSE Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
According to national research, 1 out of 3 teens report knowing friends or peers who have experienced dating abuse.
Worse, the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds that 1 in 10 teens report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.