Get Help: Teen Dating Violence

By Tonka Dobreva 10.28.2014 blog

Did you know that in 2013, approximately 10 percent of students nationwide reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or a girlfriend, and in some communities, over 30 percent of youth report experiencing some form of dating violence?

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says teen dating violence is “a widespread issue that has serious long-term and short-term effects.” In many cases, teens who fall victims of dating violence either downplay the significance of their situation or feel too embarrassed to tell friends and family about it and don’t seek help.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you can find help by calling these three hotlines:

National Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 or text 77054
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

And here are the basic things you need to know about the issue:

1. Dating violence can be physical (kicking, punching, slapping), psychological/emotional (namecalling, shaming, bullying), sexual (forcing a partner to engage in a sex act) and stalking (harassing or threatening tactics).

2. Some of the primary causes for violence are: the belief that it’s OK to use abuse as a way of self-expression; the use of alcohol or drugs; hanging out with violent peers; depression or anxiety; inadequate parental supervision/witnessing violence at home or in the community; history of aggressive behavior or bullying.

3. It’s important to break the silence in order to stop the violence:

Here are some helpful links to learn more about the issue: 

CDC’s Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Love Is Respect


  1. Jose Lagunes

    their is bullying and that causes suicide and drug abuse i agree in that with you but think about it who would give DRUGS to a kid some

  2. Jose Lagunes

    yes their is teen violence but the problem is that you have that facts wrong it is very rare that when i am out on the streets i rarely see teen violence. I disagree with your facts

  3. CarterYOU ARE COOL

    yes not to hurt some one to help some one

  4. Well


  5. BB

    Well Breanna i dont bc i love hurt women bc i can them feel better if u know what i mean HUH

  6. Ilickspoons24

    people should be allowed to trust not hurt!


    Teen’s have went suicide because of abuse from other people and bullying. We need to put a STOP to this!!!

  8. Sydney Starr

    I think it is very mean, and that the kids should find someone who really loves them for them, not so that they can be stomped on. A man who really loves a man stays with her. A woman didn’t come from a mans foot to be walked on, she didn’t come from the head to be smarter than you, she came from the rib. A place that is close to the heart and under the arm so she can be hugged.

  9. Vito Osgood

    I think it is really mean they should find someone they can trust (not the person that is hurting them)

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