Preventing Teen Dating Violence
About 10 percent of our nation’s teenagers report having experienced physical violence in a dating relationship. Research shows that these same teens are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, are at greater risk of suicide, and may carry patterns of abuse into future relationships. The consequences of teen dating violence are enormous, but early intervention is effective in rebuilding self-esteem and restoring hope in the possibility of healthy relationships.
February 2–6 is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. For information about what you can do to help, visit the Love is Not Abuse Web site.
Read an NIJ Journal article on the topic or call the Office of Communications at 202–307–0703 for more information.