According to the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, approximately 10 percent of adolescents nationwide reported being the victim of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner during the previous year. The rate of psychological victimization is even higher: Between two and three in 10 reported being verbally or psychologically abused in the previous year, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. As for perpetration rates, there are currently no nationwide estimates for who does the abusing, and state estimates vary significantly.
In South Carolina, for example, nearly 8 percent of adolescents reported being physically violent to a romantic partner.
You have to be a no judgment zone, and you have to make them feel safe. If you find out that one your friends’ is in an abusive relationship, what are you going to do?
Here are a few suggestions on how to help a young person who may be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. Tell them that you have too and it is a normal part of teenage relationships? You want to be able to help them while in the relationship, and hopefully out of the relationship.
What is the first thing you think of when you hear teen dating violence?
You may think of physical and/or psychological manipulation and exploitation.
Psychological abuse was the most common type of abuse victimization reported (over 60 percent), but there were also substantial rates of sexual abuse (18 percent) and physical abuse victimization (18 percent).
February 1, 2017 Teen dating violence, also called adolescent relationship abuse, is a serious public health problem.
There is still much we do not understand about the nature and scope of this problem.
Participants were recruited from an already-established independent online survey research panel that included a large nationally representative group of youth and their parents/caregivers.
The survey sample at baseline (the start of the study) consisted of 2,354 parent-child pairs who were mostly white (56 percent) or Hispanic (24 percent). One year later, an abbreviated parent/caregiver survey and similar youth survey were administered to 1,471 parent-child pairs (62.5 percent of the original sample).