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Special Feature: Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence MontageDating violence is a type of intimate partner violence that can take place in person or electronically. Approximately 9 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year (Understanding Teen Dating Violence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). Teen dating violence rates appear to be even higher among certain populations, such as youth who have a history of exposure to violence (Teen Dating Violence: How Peers Can Affect Risk & Protective Factors, National Institute of Justice, November 2014).

Studies investigating the effectiveness of programs to prevent dating violence are beginning to show positive results. Most programs focus on changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors linked with dating violence while focusing on the skills needed to build healthy relationships (Prevention and Intervention of Teen Dating Violence, National Institute of Justice, retrieved January 2015).

From 2004 through 2009, Congress designated the first full week in February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. Beginning in 2010, the Justice Department worked with the Senate to designate the entire month of February as National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

To help bring greater awareness to teen dating violence, NCJRS presents this online compilation of topical resources. Select a page from the below listing or from the box at the right under the 'Teen Dating Violence' heading to learn more: