• One in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse each year
• One in eleven high school students reports being physically hurt by someone they were dating.
• In 2006, 13 percent of Connecticut teens reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a dating partner. The national average was 10 percent.
Teen dating violence resources:
Love is Respect
Choose Respect Initiative
Love Is Not Abuse
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
Warning signs that your teen may be a victim of dating violence:
• Does she have fewer friends now than she did before dating him?
• Have her grades declined?
• Does she frequently cry or seem very sad?
• Is she less involved in family activities?
• If he calls or texts her, must she get back to him immediately?
• Did he tell her he loved her early in the relationship?
• Is he jealous if she looks or speaks casually with another boy?
• Is he aggressive in other areas of his life: putting his fist through walls or closets, banging his fist to make a point, or throwing things when angry?
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; ABC News