Teen Dating Abuse

How Frequent Is Teen Dating Abuse?

  • One in 10 teen girls and one in 11 teen boys admits to having experienced physical violence in a dating relationship in the past year.
  • One in three teens stay they know someone who has been physically assaulted or hurt by a dating partner.
  • One in five teens admits to being emotionally abused in the past year.
  • Girls and women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of non-fatal intimate partner violence.1
  • 40% of teenage girls, ages 14 to 17, report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.2
  • Approximately 1 in 5 teen girls report being physically or sexually hurt by a dating partner.3
  • Among women who report having been raped in their lifetimes, 54% say their rape occurred before the age of 18.4


  • 1 – U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Intimate Partner Violence and Age of Victim, 1993-1999.” October 2001.
  • 2 – Children Now/Kaiser Permanente “National Poll on Kids Health and Safety,” December 1995.
  • 3 – Jay G. Silverman, Ph.D. et al., “Dating Violence Against Adolescent Girls and Associated Substance Use, Unhealthy Weight Control, Sexual Risk Behavior, Pregnancy, and Suicidality.” Journal of the American Medical Association 286 (October 2001).
  • 4 – Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes, “Full Report of the Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey.” November 2000. Center for Policy Research. Funded by NIJ and CDC. NCJ 183781.