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Teen Dating Violence

- About one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.

– Forty percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age that has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

– In one study, from 30 to 50 percent of female high school students reported having already experienced teen dating violence.

– Teen dating violence most often takes place in the home of one of the partners.

– In 1995, 7 percent of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.

– One in five or 20 percent of dating couples report some type of violence in their relationship.

– One of five college females will experience some form of dating violence.

– A survey of 500 young women, ages 15 to 24, found that 60 percent were currently involved in an ongoing abusive relationship and all participants had experienced violence in a dating relationship.

– One study found that 38 percent of date rape victims were young women from 14 to 17 years of age.

– A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67 percent of sexual assaults.

– More than half young women raped (68 percent) knew their rapist either as a boyfriend, friend or casual acquaintance.

– Six out of 10 rapes of young women occur in their own home or a friend or relative’s home, not in a dark alley.

– More than 4 in every 10 incidents of domestic violence involved non-married persons physical violence in dating relationships ranges from 20-35%.

– It is estimated that between 20% to 52% of high school and college age dating couples have engaged in physical abuse.


(Bureau of Justice Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence, May 2000)