Teens and Dating Violence

SafeHaven facilitates Teen Dating Violence Awareness campaigns at schools and other teen-related organizations throughout Tarrant County.

Dating Violence Facts
  • Nearly 25 percent of 14-17 year-olds surveyed know at least one student who was a victim of dating violence, while 11 percent know multiple victims of dating violence.
  • 57 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually, or verbally abusive in a dating relationship.
  • 1 in 3 teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by their dating partner.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  • 26 percent of teenage girls in a relationship report enduring repeated verbal abuse.

Dating Basics

FROM http://www.loveisrespect.org

Relationships exist on a spectrum from healthy to unhealthy to abusive -- and everywhere in between. It can be hard to determine where your relationship falls, especially if you haven’t dated a lot. Explore this section to learn the basics of dating, healthy relationships and drawing the line before abuse starts.

Is My Relationship Healthy?

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.


Other resources for teens:

  1. (Empower Program, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and conducted by Knowledge Networks, Social Control, Verbal Abuse, and Violence Among Teenagers, (2000).
  2. (Liz Claiborne Inc., Conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, (February 2005).
  3. (Liz Claiborne Inc., Conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, (February 2005).
  4. (Journal of American Medicine, 2001)
  5. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2005)