Love is Setting Boundaries: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2016

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TDVAM-RWG-2016-300x225February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Turning Point is posting statistics on teen dating violence all month long on our social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out Loveisrespect and Break the Cycle for more ideas on how you can get involved this month.

This year’s theme for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is “Love is Setting Boundaries.” We want to encourage the conversation about setting healthy boundaries in relationships. Use #loveissettingboundaries on our social media and start the discussion today!

If you are not on social media, we have included the statistics below:


  1. 25% of high school girls have been physically or sexually abused.
  2. 43% of college women experience violent/abusive dating behavior.
  3. Over 70% of 8th graders say they are dating someone.
  4. About 1.5 million U.S. high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year.
  5. Violent behavior in dating relationships generally begins between the ages of 12 & 18.
  6. 1 in 3 U.S. teens is a victim of teen dating violence by high school graduation.
  7. Dating violence includes hitting, yelling, threats, name calling, obsessive phone calls or texts, extreme possessiveness, controlling behavior, pressure to have sex or do something you don’t want to do.
  8. To help a teen dating violence victim, tell the person that the abuse is NOT their fault. Support them…do NOT judge them.
  9. Who can help a victim:  Teachers, counselors, administrators, domestic violence abuse agencies such as Turning Point, school resource officers, 911, doctors, or a trusted adult.
  10. The most important issue in any teen dating violence relationship is YOUR safety.
  11. You cannot control anyone else….you can only control yourself.  STAY SAFE.
  12. Inform trusted adults about where you are going on dates and outings for your personal safety and well-being.
  13. Offer your friendship and support to someone you feel is in an “at-risk” relationship, but remember to keep yourself safe in all situations.
  14. 52% of teens who experience digital abuse are also physically abused.
  15. The National Dating Abuse Helpline is always available at 1-866-331-9474.
  16. By age 12, the average child has seen tens of thousands of acts of violence via TV and video games.
  17. The U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and law enforcement agencies use video games like “Doom” or Nintendo to train their people in the use of firearms.
  18. Every 7 minutes a child is bullied in a school setting.
  19. Girls are more likely than boys to be cyberbullies due to the verbal nature of online communication.
  20. Nothing you say, wear or do gives anyone the right to hurt you in a dating relationship.
  21. In the next 24 hours, 15,000 teens will use drugs for the first time.
  22. In the next 24 hours, 3,500 teens will run away from home.
  23. Every 4 minutes a youth is arrested for an alcohol related crime.
  24. Every 7 minutes a youth is arrested for a drug crime.
  25. Turning Point’s phone number is 1-740-382-8988, or 1-800-232-6505 (crisis line).
  26. Check out these Apps that could save your life:  Aspire, SafeTrek, ICE Blackbox, iMatter
  27. 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.

Prevention is key to healthy relationships—talk to teens about what equality and respect look like in a partnership!

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