What Is Teen Dating Violence?
Teen dating violence is the act or threat of violence by one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within a dating relationship. This includes any form of sexual, physical, and/or verbal or emotional abuse.
Warning Signs of Abuse
Are you going out with someone who...
- Is jealous or possessive toward you, checks up on you, and belittles you in front of family and friends?
- Won’t accept that you are breaking up with him/her?
- Tries to control you, doesn’t like you being with friends, makes all the decisions, and doesn’t take your opinions seriously?
- Scares you or threatens you?
- Is violent, has a history of fighting or losing his/her temper, and brags about mistreating others? Destroys or damages your personal property?
- Forces you to have sex, or is aggressive during sex?
- Becomes too serious about the relationship too quickly?
- Uses drugs or alcohol and tries to get you to take them, too?
- Has a history of bad relationships, or blames you when he or she mistreats you?
- Hits, chokes, punches, kicks, slaps, pulls your hair or physically hurts you?
- Your family and friends have told you they were worried for your safety?
Did You Know...
- 22% of High School students report nonsexual dating violence.
- More than 70% of pregnant teens or female teen parents are beaten by their boyfriends.
- Nearly one in five teenage girls who have been in a relationship report a boyfriend had threatened violence toward her or threatened to injure himself over a breakup.
- Nationally, 9.2% of High School students report having been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
- Most teenage victims of dating violence report that their offender was close in age to their own.
- 16% of Ohio High School females report having been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to.
What To Do When The Relationship Ends
- Talk with your parents and friends about what you are going through so they can support and look out for you.
- Keep spare change or a cell phone handy. In case of emergency, call 911 or your local police department.
- Talk to school counselors. They can help change your class schedule, if necessary.
- Avoid being alone at school and walking home alone.
- Set up a buddy system for when you go places.
Information provided by:
Office of Criminal Justice Services
1970 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43223
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 06:54