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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





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