National Teen Dating Violence Statistics
  • Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year.[1]
  • One in five tweens knows a victim of dating violence. [2]
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.[3]
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.[4]
  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.[5]
  • Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.[6]
  • Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders.[7]
  • New Hampshire is the only state where the law specifically allows a minor of any age to apply for a protection order; more than half of states do not specify the minimum age of a petitioner.[8]
  • Currently only one juvenile domestic violence court in the country focuses exclusively on teen dating violence.[9]
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.[10]
  • Eighty one percent of parents believe teen-dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.[11]
  • A teen’s confusion about the law and their desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.[12]
  • Title IX is a federal law that protects the rights of all students to learn in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which can include sexual harassment or sexual violence.[13]
  • sex stereotypes
  • sexual assault
  • sexual coercion
  • dating violence
  • verbal threats
  • sex-based slurs or insults
  • stalking
  • unwanted and
  • repeated contact
  • Title IX requires that schools take action to eliminate the hostile environment and prevent further victimization.
  • Students and school employees are both protected from harassment under Title IX.
Native and Alaskan Native Youth Statistics
  • More than 40% of Native children experience two or more acts of violence by the age of 18.[14]
  • 25% of Native children that are exposed to violence have PTSD at a higher rate than that found in US soldiers returning home from Afghanistan. [15]
  • A 1992 Minnesota youth study found that 92% of American Indian girls who reported having sexual intercourse have been forced against their will to have sex. [16]
  • 62% of those girls reported to have been pregnant by the 12th grade.[17]
  • Teen dating violence rate among high school students in Alaska’s Native communities was 13.3 percent, compared to the national average of 9.8 percent.[18]
  • Alaskan high school students were more likely to have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse in their lives than other U.S. student (10.1% versus 7.4%).[19]
  • American Indians are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes compared to all other races, and one in three Indian women reports having been raped during her lifetime. [20]
  • Nearly half of all Native American women have been raped, beaten, or stalked by an intimate partner.[21]
  • One in three will be raped in their lifetime.[22]
  • On some reservations, women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than the national average.[23]

[1] Grunbaum JA, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al. 2004. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 53(SS02);1–96. Available here.

[2] Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, Teenage Research Unlimited for Liz Claiborne Inc. and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. February 2008. Available here.

[3] Davis, Antoinette, MPH. 2008. Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus. Available here.

[4] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2003. “Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students – United States,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol. 55, No. 19.

[5] Grunbaum JA, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al. 2004. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 53(SS02);1–96. Available here.

[6] Love Is Respect. 2014. Dating Abuse Statistics. Available here.

[7] Break the Cycle 2009 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Cards. Available here.

[8] Break the Cycle. (2009). State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Cards. Available here.

[9] Sagatun-Edwards, E. Hyman, et al. (2003). The Santa Clara County Juvenile Domestic and Family Violence Court, Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts.

[10] Liz Claiborne Inc., Conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, (February 2005).

[11] Women’s Health. (2004). Family Violence Prevention Fund and Advocates for Youth. Available here.

[12] Autphenne, V, Gluckin, A., & Iverson, E. (2000). Teen Relationship Abuse: Regional Needs Assessment. Children’s Hospital/Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent Medicine, funded by the California Department of Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Branch/Domestic Violence Section.

[13] Title IX. (2014). Title XI Fast Facts. Available here.

[14] Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., Ormrod, R., Hamby, S., and Kracke, K. 2009. Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey. Bulletin. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Available here.

[15] Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. (2014). Attorney Generals Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. Available here.

[16] Indian Health Service. (2014) February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Available here.

[17] Ibid.

[18] CDC. “Youth Online High School YRBS.” Available here.

[19] Ibid.

[20] Tjaden, P & Thoennes, N. (2000). Department of Justice. Available here.

[21] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Available here.

[22] Ibid.

[23] Statement of Associate Attorney General Perrelli before the Committee on Indian Affairs on Violence Against Native American Women citing a National Institute of Justice Funded Analysis of Death Certificates. (2011). Available here.