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Teen Dating Violence: Frequently Asked Questions


 Teens are still developing emotionally which makes them easily influenced by relationship experiences. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe short and long-term negative effects on a developing teen. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience: depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use, antisocial behavior, and suicidal thoughts.

2.  Why does teen violence happen? 

Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. All too often these examples suggest that violence is normal in a relationship.

3.   What are some dating violence risk factors?

Teens are at an increased risk of being in a violent relationship if they:

•Believe that dating violence is acceptable
•Are depressed, anxious, or have other symptoms of trauma
•Display aggression towards peers
•Use illegal drugs
•Engage in early sexual activity
•Have a friend involved in dating violence
•Have conflicts with a partner
•Witness or experience violence at home

4. What can be done to prevent teen dating violence?

To prevent teen dating violence it is essential that teens, their families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies. You can learn more about prevention strategies from the resources listed on the Victims Services page.

5. What are some of the forms of teen dating violence?


6. How does Teen Dating Violence impact the health of teenagers?

Aside from possible physical injuries, victims of teen dating violence are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, engage in unhealthy behaviors (such as drug and alcohol abuse), exhibit antisocial behaviors and consider suicide. 


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