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Violence and abuse in teen dating relationships is much more common than most people would like to admit. The startling facts are that 1 in 10 high school students will experience physical violence from a partner and many more will suffer psychological abuse. Summer is vacations have started and teens are out. It is always better to be safe when looking at the dating habits of your son or daughter. They are precious to you. Unfortunately, statistics show that teen dating abuse is on the rise.

Here are Some Startling Facts About Dating Violence

  • Of women between 15-19 murdered each year in the U.S., 30% are killed by their husband or boyfriend.
  • 26% of all female murder victims in 1995 were killed by their partners.
  • 40% of teenage girls age 14-17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
  • In 1998 in the U.S. approximately 1,800 murders were attributed to intimates; nearly 75% of these had a female victim.

Dating violence can include physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Many teens have trouble admitting that they are in fact involved in an abusive relationship. Oftentimes the victim is made by the victimizer to feel as if the abuse is their fault, that they did something to provoke it, that they deserved it. This just isn’t true! Nobody deserves to be abused in any way.Physical dating violence can include:

  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Punching
  • Choking
  • Slapping

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