Facts and statistics about dating violence

Dating abuse crosses all age groups, races, cultures, religions, educational and employment backgrounds.

is manipulation by your partner to dictate who you see, and meet, even who you email, and text.

Teen Relationship Abuse: Regional Needs Assessment. Children’s Hospital/Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent Medicine, funded by the California Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Branch/Domestic Violence Section.

Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

This abuse begins early, often before the age of eighteen or in early adulthood, as more than half of women (69.5%) and men (53.6%) who have been physically or sexually abused, or stalked by a dating partner, first experienced abuse between the ages of 11-24.Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.Furthermore, abuse and violence within the dating relationship can have a serious detrimental impact on the victims.“It can negatively influence the development of healthy sexuality, intimacy, and identity as youth grow into adulthood and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.”However, while the statistics clearly demonstrate the severity of the problem, many people simply aren’t aware of its prevalence or its impact.