February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen dating violence, also known as adolescent relationship abuse, is a serious, widespread issue that has both short- and long-term consequences. Teen dating violence may occur in-person or electronically and consists of physical, psychological, or sexual abuse, as well as stalking. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that “8 percent of high school students reported physical violence and 7 percent reported that they experienced sexual violence from a dating partner in the 12 months before the survey.” The CDC also noted that teenagers who experience dating violence are more prone to depression and anxiety, may turn to using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol, and are more at risk of victimization in adulthood.

For more information and to learn about strategies for decreasing the prevalence of teen dating violence, check out the following resources: