NativeLove: Youth, Schools, Guns, and Intimate Partner Violence: Important Facts for Your Family, School, Tribes, Programs and Community Conversations

What About Intimate Partner Violence, Gun Violence, and When They Intersect?

What About Youth Intimate Partner Violence/Teen Dating Violence?

  • 81.2% of parents do not think teen dating violence is an issue.
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students are physically abused by dating partners.
  • Youth ages 16–24 experience domestic violence at the HIGHEST rate of any other group. This is almost THREE times the national average.
  • Only 33% of youth that have experienced teen dating violence ever told anyone about it.
  • Among youth that have been physically or sexually assaulted, 50% reported attempting suicide.
  • Youth experiencing violent behavior usually begins between the ages of 12 to 18.
  • Abuse during adolescence can have serious lifelong consequences such as repeating the cycle of violence, repeating the cycle of victimization, substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and other impacts.
  • 42% of college-age students are stalked by their ex-intimate partner.
  • In college, 35% of attempted rapes, 22.9% of threatened rapes, and 12.8% of completed rapes occur on an actual date.
  • Research indicates that 78% of AI/ AN women who identify as bisexual, lesbian, or Two Spirit/ Native LGBTQ have experienced physical assault. 85% have experienced sexual violence.
  • Two Spirit/ Native LGBTQ/People of Color are 1.82%  times as likely to experience violence than non-Native/non-People of Color.
  • 75% of transgender men and 20% of transgender women do not receive needed medical attention after an assault.
  • 50.1% of Two Spirit/Native LGBTQ survivors did not even report to police.
  • 84% of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence in their lifetime.

About The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc.

The Mission of NIWRC is to support culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy and to provide national leadership to ending gender-based violence in indigenous communities through the development of educational materials and programs, direct technical assistance, and the development of local and national policy that builds the capacity of Indigenous communities and strengthens the exercise of tribal sovereignty. NIWRC also stands with ALL communities to end violence and promote healing in the aftermath of violence. Together, advocates and activists of all ages will never stop fighting for justice. To visit the National Indian Resource Center website for more information:                  

About the NativeLove Project

Verizon has partnered with NIWRC to raise awareness and help end violence against Native youth by empowering them to redefine Native love. Those of us in Native communities often hear jokes about “Indian loving” as waking up with a hickey and black eye- that’s not love, that’s dating violence. Our NativeLove project encourages Native youth to think about what NativeLovereally is, so we can create change in our thinking and restore safety to our communities by restoring our traditional ways of loving characterized by respect, honor, kindness, family, and compassion. To learn more: