|Most teenagers do not experience physical aggression when they date. For some teens, however, abuse is a very real part of dating relationships (Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships, National Institute of Justice, 2008).
Beginning in 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice worked with the Senate to designate February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In response, Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli commented, "The department will continue to raise awareness regarding teen dating violence, and will use federal resources to assist schools and communities in stopping such violence.”
As stated in Presidential Proclamation—National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2012: "Though we have made substantial progress in the fight to reduce violence against women, dating violence remains a reality for millions of young people."
To help bring greater awareness to the dangers and consequences of teen dating violence, NCJRS shares with you the Teen Dating Violence Special Feature, an online compilation of publications and resources on the topic.