And, in one study, they reported lower self-esteem and emotional well-being, more suicidal thoughts and attempts, and were more likely to have eating disorders than adolescents who did not experience dating violence.
During Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and throughout the year, Vice President Biden’s initiative, 1 is 2 Many, draws attention to this important issue affecting millions of U. The Office of Adolescent Health is proud to partner with the Vice President and other federal agencies to raise awareness about teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships among adolescents.
Join us on Twitter @Teen Health Gov – during February, OAH will share key teen dating violence statistics; helpful resources for teens, their families, and those who work with them; and promising approaches and practices in the field of dating violence awareness and prevention. More than one in three women and more than one in four men experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to a report released in December 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey is the first national study of its kind to examine intimate partner violence across the United States.
Of all females who have ever been raped, physically abused, or stalked by an intimate partner, almost 70 percent first had those experiences before age 25.
And, of all rape victims, about 40 percent reported that they were first raped before age 18.
The prevalence of dating violence varies across the country; find out more about this problem in your state with OAH’s searchable map.Teens who experience intimate partner,* or dating, violence are at risk for a host of negative outcomes.They are four to six times more likely to become pregnant than their peers.As compared to the prior definition, the new definition is more inclusive to both males and females, better reflects state criminal codes, and is comprehensive to the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape.Data were collected online in 2010 (wave 4) and 2011 (wave 5) in the national Growing Up With Media study.Participants included 1058 youths aged 14 to 21 years who at baseline read English, lived in the household at least 50% of the time, and had used the Internet in the last 6 months.