Youths report emotional, physical and sexual abuse In 2012, the National Dating Abuse Helpline was contacted 39,938 times.
The 24-hour service is available at at 1-866-331-9474, or by texting "loveis" to 22522.
Teens, like adults, sometimes have trouble recognizing that they are in an abusive relationship, experts say.
Teen Dating Violence or Intimate Personal Violence in Teen Relationships is defined as “Behavior that is controlling, abusive, and aggressive toward one partner in a relationship.
The results suggest there is a "violence trajectory" and "if it's not addressed, it will escalate."While programs at school and elsewhere in communities may help, families can play a central role.
In his own survey of 1,525 Latino youths ages 12 to 18, Cuevas says he found that boys with the strong family support "typical in traditional Latino culture" were less likely to psychologically abuse dates.
One in three (36%) dating college students has given a dating partner their computer, email or social network passwords and these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse.
One in six (16%) college women has been sexually abused in a dating relationship.Don’t Forget About College Students Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.College students are not equipped to deal with dating abuse – 57% say it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it.Similar numbers of both sexes say they've been abusers.Additional new research shows teens who abuse their girlfriends and boyfriends often share a past as middle-school bullies. Too Common Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.