Did You Know?

  • 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. is the victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse by a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds other types of youth violence.

  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violencealmost triple the national average.

  • Violent relationships in adolescence put victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors, and future domestic violence.

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What is Dating Violence?

Types of Abuse

Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors that one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner. Many people assume abuse means that physical violence is happening, but that’s not always the case. Abuse comes in many forms — it’s not just physical. By learning about the common types of abuse, you'll be better able to recognize the warning signs if you or someone you know is ever experiencing dating violence.

Power and Control Wheel

The Power and Control Wheel is a tool that helps explain the different ways an abusive partner can use power and control to manipulate a relationship. 

Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?

People who have never experienced abuse often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship. They don’t understand that breaking up can be more complicated than it seems. There are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships. If you have a friend in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, support them by understanding why they may not want to or be able to leave.


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