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Special Feature
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.


Shifting Boundaries: Final Report on an Experimental Evaluation of a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program in New York City Middle Schools
Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), 2011

Teen Dating Violence: A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography
Sponsored by NIJ, 2011

Understanding Teen Dating Violence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2012

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Related Resources

Choose Respect Initiative, CDC

LoveIsRespect.org, Break the Cycle and National Dating Abuse Hotline

Teen Dating Violence, NIJ

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Conduct a search of our Q&A knowledge base where you'll find answers to questions such as:

Are resources available to help teens in abusive relationships?
If you are a teen in an abusive relationship or are concerned about someone’s safety, please contact the National Dating Abuse Hotline at ... Read More

How do I obtain an order of protection?
To obtain an order of protection, please contact your local district attorney or prosecutor’s office. A restraining ... Read More

What is dating violence?
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) defines dating violence to be: violence committed by a person ... Read More

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