Dating violence occurs in heterosexual and gay and lesbian relationships. Never put yourself in a dangerous situation with the victim’s partner.Relationship violence can occur at school — in the hall, in the classroom, in the parking lot, on the bus or in a car, at after-school activities, at a student’s workplace, at a school dance, or at a student’s home. Don’t try to mediate or otherwise get involved directly. Tell a trusted adult if you suspect abuse, but don’t witness it.It occurs in both heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. If you have been the victim of dating or domestic violence, you are not alone. Please see the links to the right for resources and for more information about dating and domestic violence The behaviors associated with relationship abuse all stem from one person's use of power and control over another.While it is important to remember that we all have different cultural practices, beliefs, and experiences that shape our view of what intimate relationships look like, everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minn., developed a tool called the the power and control wheel [PDF] that illustrates these relationships.In teenage dating relationships, the abuse is often public with peers witnessing the abuse; however, the abuse can also occur in private. REACH Hotline (800) 899-4000 (Office (781) 891-0724) Kol Isha Teen Safe Program (781) 647-5327 and ask for Kol Isha National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (866) 331-9474 (866)331-8453 (TTY) Fund (781) 438-5604 Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center (978) 465-0999 X19 Mentors In Violence Prevention (617) 373-4025 - The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is a gender violence prevention and education program based at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.Remember that you have the right to a healthy relationship. You have done nothing wrong, and the abuse is not your fault. Talk to your parents, another family member, a friend, your physician, a counselor, a clergy person, or someone else you trust. You may need it as evidence if you have to take legal action. Do not let the abuser in your home or car when you are alone. The multi-racial, mixed gender MVP team is the first large-scale attempt to enlist high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the effort to prevent all forms of men's violence against women.Dating and domestic violence can also include sexual violence or stalking.Domestic violence can happen to people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and religions.
One NIJ-funded study examined the prevalence of dating violence among 5,647 teens (51.8 percent female, 74.6 percent Caucasian) from 10 middle schools and high schools (representing grades 7-12) throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "Partner Violence Among Adolescents in Opposite-Sex Romantic Relationships: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health." 91 (October 2001): 1679-1685.
In fact, statistics show that one-in-three teenagers have experienced teenage domestic violence in a dating relationship.
In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
According to The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, young men and women may have certain beliefs that lead to higher incidence of dating violence.
Estimates of teen dating violence prevalence vary widely, because studies define and measure violence differently over different periods of time for different populations.