Consequences of teen dating violence
For many victims, these types of assaults are not being reported because the victims are not recognizing them as assaults but, instead, are perceiving them as part of normal cultural mores.
According to two sources, Love Is Respect.org, a website specifically geared toward teens and young adults and a program of the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), one in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
For some young people, these are healthy and loving relationships that offer excellent opportunities to explore their beliefs and values about relationships.
For too many others, these relationships are unhealthy – and can cross the line into being emotionally and physically abusive.
Sadly, teens and young women experience the highest rates of sexual assault, stalking and rape.
The effects of teen dating violence go far beyond physical and emotional trauma.
The authors found that teen girls and boys reported aggressive experiences in relationships nearly equally, with 30 percent of males and 31 percent of females in the study showing a history of physical and/or psychological dating violence.
Teen dating violence is a serious public health issue.As a result of violence, teen survivors often experience higher rates of truancy, low academic achievement, social isolation and pregnancy, which can impact their future economic security.Over 40% of teens who reported sexual assault, stalking or rape say that the abuse occurred in school or on school grounds.Teens may not call it “dating” but studies show that by the time they are in middle school, many young people are involved in intimate, romantic dating relationships.
A study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 75 percent of seventh graders report having a boyfriend or girlfriend.Teenagers in physically or psychologically aggressive dating relationships are more than twice as likely to repeat such damaging relationships as adults and report increased substance use and suicidal feelings years later, compared with teens with healthy dating experiences, reports a new Cornell study.