Risf factors in teen dating violence
Female teens who bullied others were likely to perpetrate sexual, verbal and physical dating violence.
Male teens who bullied others were likely to perpetrate verbal and physical dating violence. NIJ-funded research also has examined factors related to victimization among a national sample of 1,525 Latino teens.
In addition, even after accounting for the fact that young people were often victims of multiple forms of violence, dating violence, in particular, was associated with delinquency.
Overall, findings from NIJ-funded studies suggest a need to screen for teen dating violence and provide intervention programming among youth who have experienced other forms of violence or who have engaged in delinquent behaviors.
Identifying youth at risk for violence increases the likelihood of early intervention and prevention.
The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.