About Teen Dating Violence

"Although it's possible for people of all ages to experience abusive relationships, teens and young adults are often the most at risk. Studies show that 1/3 of teen relationships are abusive and that females ages 16-24 are at the highest risk for experiencing abuse in an intimate relationship. Teen dating abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical ability.

Are you are concerned about your own relationship? Someone else's? Do you just want to be more informed? Whatever your motivation, educating yourself about the issue is the first step to addressing teen dating violence. Download our Teen Dating Abuse booklet: "Jealousy Ain't Love." For more information or immediate assistance call Catalyst's 24-hour Hotline at 1.800.895.8476.

Know the Facts

Teen Dating Abuse can be defined as: A pattern of abusive behaviors that are used to gain power and control over a current or former dating partner. The abusive partner may use a combination of behaviors, such as verbal and emotional abuse as well as stalking and threats of or actual use of physical or sexual abuse to control their partner.

Verbal and emotional abuse can be much harder to recognize than physical or sexual assault, but it is no less damaging. In fact, abusive relationships often starts as emotional or verbal abuse and can quickly escalate into physical or sexual violence."

Online Resources for Teens and Concerned Adults