How many teens experience dating violence and where does the abuse happen?
Many studies about high school age teens and dating violence
show that 14-24% of female teens and 3-10% of male teens report
experiencing physical and/or sexual violence within their dating
relationships. One study showed 59% of high school teens had experienced
dating violence at least once in that year (Molidor: 2000).
Abuse can happen any time the dating partners are together. Some
studies show that abuse in dating relationships is more likely to
occur on the weekends, maybe because that is when most dates occur.
However, one study showed that a lot of dating violence occurs at
school, either in the building or on the grounds.
For more information see Dating Violence and Your Teen.
Diane G. Kuschel, Former Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Thursday, February 21, 2013