Teens and Dating Violence

Explore the information below to learn the basics of dating, healthy relationships and drawing the line before abuse starts. SafeHaven facilitates Teen Dating Violence Awareness campaigns in Tarrant County schools and other teen-related organizations throughout our county.

Dating Violence Facts (Statistics from www.futureswithoutviolence.org)
  • One in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
  • One in five tweens – age 11 to 14 – say their friends are victims of dating violence and nearly half who are in relationships know friends who are verbally abused.
  • 41% of young people ages 14-24 who are in a relationship have experienced some form of digital abuse and 24% said they feel that their partner is constantly pressuring them to check in via email, phone calls and texts.
  • Teen victims of dating violence are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy diet behaviors, engage in risky sexual behaviors and attempt or consider suicide.
  • 45% of parents with children 11-18 years old had not discussed dating violence with their children in the past year.
Is My Relationship Healthy? (From www.loveisrespect.org)

In a healthy relationship:

  • Your partner respects you and your individuality.
  • You are both open and honest.
  • Your partner supports you and your choices even when they disagree with you.
  • Both of you have equal say and respected boundaries.
  • Your partner understands that you need to study or hang out with friends or family.
  • You can communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences.
  • Both of you feel safe being open and honest.

A good partner is not excessively jealous and does not make you feel guilty when you spend time with family and friends. A good partner also compliments you, encourages you to achieve your goals and does not resent your accomplishments.

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