That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life.Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.
CDC's Division of Violence Prevention is leading the initiative, Dating Matters® : Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.
Dating Matters aims to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among youth in high-risk urban communities.
Teenagers in the United States: Sexual activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing, National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2008.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Dating violence can happen to any teen in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship, anytime, anywhere. Learn how to prevent teen dating violence and to promote healthy relationships with CDC's online resources.
Did you know that in a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the 12 months before the survey?
Additionally, during the 12 months before the survey, 1 in 10 teens reported they had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to at least once by someone they were dating.
Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.