How Common is Teen Dating Abuse?

Link to "Teen Dating Violence is Common and Complex"
Link to “Teen Dating Violence is Common and Complex”

In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline (USA) was contacted nearly 40,000 times. That’s over 100 calls a day.

USA Today reports on a recent study performed nationwide, which sought to answer several questions; “are boys and girls really equally at risk to become victims or abusers?” in particular.

The study found that more than 29% of American teens have been subjected to dating abuse, with 88% of those surveyed saying it was predominantly emotional/psychological abuse. The highest age profile was 13-16 years, 30% of those surveyed. Pre-teen and early teenage bullying has thus been linked closely to dating violence and domestic violence.

Yet another survey conducted revealed that “more than 43% of LGBT teens who are dating reported some kind of relationship abuse“.

America is certainly not alone in this adolescent trend. For example, recent studies in the UK have shown that as many as 1 in 3 teens have faced some sort of violence in their dating relationship(s) and “approximately 40% of our young people are already being subjected to relationship abuse in their teenage years“.

To learn more about teen dating violence and other forms of abuse faced by teens and young adults, read the posts found in the Teen Dating Abuse archive. For downloadable resources specific to the LGBT community visit Domestic Violence London.

To find help, view the Global Contacts page. If you in immediate danger, call emergency services.

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