A whopping 19 percent of teens who were surveyed said they'd abused their boyfriend, girlfriend, someone they were dating or someone they were simply having sex with in the past month. Among those teens who admitted to dating violence, 9.9 percent reported kicking, hitting, or choking a partner; 17.6 percent said they had shoved or slapped a partner, and 42.8 percent had cursed at or called him or her "fat," "ugly," "stupid" or a similar insult.
These results show that dating violence among teens is much more common than once thought. Parents of teens who are dating should add this information to their talks with their teen, look for warning signs and be open to listening to their teen's questions about dating violence.
Dating Violence Teens FAQ:
- Teen Dating Resources
- Teen Dating Quiz: Are they friends or are they dating?
- When should teens start dating?
- Teen Breakups
- Talk to a Teen with Looking for a Date Jitters
- Talk to Your Teen About Dating
- Preteens and Dating? A Dos and Don'ts List
- Parents Don't Like Their Son's Girlfriend
- Teen Daughter's Boyfriend Thwarting College Plans
- Teen Books on Dating and Love
- Dating Violence: What Can a Parent Do?
- Warning Signs of Teen Dating Violence