Dating/Relationship Violence

Dating ViolenceStats and Facts

  • Incidence of adolescent dating violence ranges from 10 - 35%
  • Victimization and perpetration of dating violence is equally prevalent in males and females
  • Dating violence is associated with greater levels of substance abuse, violence, victimization, and lower academic achievement
  • Dating victims have a pattern of exposure to and participation in a range of high-risk behaviors. Dating violence is not normally an isolated event
  • Adolescents typically do not seek help for dating violence

Risk Factors

  • Cultural and attitudinal
    • Patriarchal attitudes
    • Peer-group acceptance
    • Control needs
    • Traditional views or beliefs about sex roles
  • Childhood socialization that includes child victimization or maltreatment
  • For males, exposure to partner abuse
  • Early sexual behavior
  • Tobacco, alcohol and drug use


  • Injury or death
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Social adjustment problems
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Poor health-related quality of life
  • Reduced life satisfaction
  • For girls in particular, unhealthy weight-control behaviors, sexually transmitted diseases, and suicidal ideation