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Check out our Teen Dating Violence Booklet for teens, parents and anyone working or coming in contact with teens and/or their parents.
- Teen Dating Violence Booklet4.26 Meg | 7/17/2013
What Is Teen Dating Violence?
Teen dating violence is a pattern of actions or threats of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse by a teen (between the ages of 13 and 18) against a current or former dating partner. Any of these and more can be part of teen dating violence:
- insults and put downs
- coercion and control
- peer pressure
- sexting and texting
- posting insults or threats online
- forced sex
- hitting and hurting
Abusive teens use these kinds of behavior to keep power and control over a dating partner. Teen dating violence occurs in straight and gay (LGTBQ) relationships.
Recognizing that the person you love is controlling, abusive or violent is hard even for adults. Even when teens recognize that they are being abused, they may hesitate to turn to adults for support, understanding, and protection.
Teen Dating Violence is Common and Serious.
In a 2014 survey, 20% of teens report they've been the victim or perpetrator of physical or sexual abuse. 60% say that psychological abuse has occurred in their relationships.
According to teens themselves in a 2009 survey:
- 80% of teenagers who have experienced abuse have talked to a friend about the abuse.
- 32% talked to a parent.
- 15% talked to a school counselor or social worker.
- 21% visited websites or other online resources, and
- 5% called an abuse hotline.
Consequences can be fatal
PCADV's Domestic Violence Fatality Reports for 2008 through 2010 identify eight victims of dating violence: four were between ages 13 - 18, and four were 19-year-olds.
Dating relationships and the Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse (PFA) Act.
Teens (with some adult help) can go to a judge to get a Protection From Abuse order.
Safety planning is an important step
The local domestic violence program can help teens, parents, and schools fit safety plans to individual families. There are even online tools to help teens get started.
Many local domestic violence programs also have prevention educators who work in the schools to:
- provide information about dating violence to students, teachers, guidance counselors and other school personnel
- work extensively with schools to make sure that trained counselors are available on-site to assist students struggling with controlling or abusive relationships.
High School Students Tackle Teen Dating Violence
for PCADV's "In Their Own Words" Contest
Congratulations to the winners of PCADV’s 2nd annual “In Your Own Words” Competition to promote awareness and prevention of teen dating violence (TDV).
1st Place: Timothy White, Bellefonte Area High School, Centre County
Watch the 1st Place Video on YouTube
Honorable Mention: Brittany Polzella, North Penn High School, Montgomery County
Watch the Video on YouTube
1st Place: Carly Loper, North Penn High School, Montgomery County
Honorable Mention: Ashlea-Anne Rosnick, Mount Lebanon High School, Allegheny County
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Every participating student also was entered in a drawing to win an iPad. Austin Snyder of Line Mountain High School in Northumberland County won the drawing.
PCADV Works to Educate Communities about Teen Dating Abuse
- PCADV's member programs work in every county to provide domestic violence victims and families with emergency shelter, housing options and other services to gain safety and stability.
- PCADV legal department attorneys provide technical assistance to advocates and attorneys helping domestic violence victims facing teen dating abuse legal issues.
- PCADV regularly sponsors training for teachers, school administrators and other community partners on how to recognize and respond to dating violence.
- PCADV monitors legislation around teen dating abuse and technology abuse.
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Review these safety tips to learn more. Click the red quick escape button above to immediately leave this site if your abuser may see you reading it.
If you fear for your immediate safety, call 9-1-1 or your local police.
Contact the domestic violence program in your area for free and confidential help.
Other victim programs are available to help you and your family.
Any attorney helping a domestic violence victim may contact the PCADV legal department at 888-235-3425 for information on law and legal procedures. (This is not a helpline for victims.)
The information provided on this website is intended for informational purposes only. The information provided under this topic is not legal advice, does not create an attorney-client relationship, and is not a substitute for contacting an experienced attorney. Read our full legal disclaimer.
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- Tech Abuse in Teen Relationships Study
Teen Research Unlimited, Liz Claiborne Inc. (2007)180.6 K | 3/26/2013
- A Thin Line, 2009 AP-MTV Abuse Study3.13 Meg | 2/27/2013
- Teen Dating Violence: A Review of Risk Factors and Prevention Efforts
VAWnet: The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (April 2005)625.77 K | 2/27/2013
- The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (866) 331-9474 and TTY (866) 331-8453 is a 24-hour resource that uses telephone and web-based interactive technology to reach teens and young adults who experience dating abuse. The website also offers peer-to-peer online chat.
- VAWnet Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence emphasizes collaborative and multilevel approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence.
- Why Puppy Love Matters for Parents Wall Street Journal, (Nov. 2009)
- Teen Dating Violence Youth Initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime
- Teen Dating Violence from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
- Break the Silence: Stop the Violence Video, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) (Aug. 2008).
- Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit: Guidance and Materials For Practitioners , National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
- TeenPCAR Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)
- A Thin Line, 2009 AP-MTV Abuse Study