Dating Violence Intervention

Dating Violence Intervention

Teen Dating Violence Red Flags

  • Shoves, slaps, chokes, hits, or uses weapons against me
  • Constantly checks up on me or makes me check in
  • Isolates me from my friends
  • Texts or calls me excessively
  • Has frequent mood swings: Is angry one minute and the next minute is sweet and apologetic
  • Puts me down, calls me names, or criticizes me
  • Breaks things or throws things to intimidate me
  • Yells, screams, or humiliates me in front of others
  • Threatens to hurt him/herself because of me
  • Makes me feel nervous or like I'm walking on eggshells
  • Forces me into proving my love or loyalty constantly
  • Pressures me into having sex

Why Focus on Young People?

  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence – almost triple the national average.
  • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of these age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

Lack of Awareness

  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
  • Eighty-one (81) percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
  • Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse.

Source: Dating Abuse Statistics –