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Teen Dating Violence

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Teen Dating Violence--a subset of intimate partner violence--happens far too often. Knowing the signs (you can find them here or take the quiz above) can help you detect it quickly and seek help for yourself, a child, or a friend!
The Stats:
Click through the gallery to reveal the state of Teen Dating Violence:
Health Effects of Violence in Youth:
  • Experiencing abuse in adolescence can put survivors at higher risk for substance use, eating disorders​, risky sexual behavior, and further intimate partner violence. 
  • Teenage girls who have been physically or sexually abused have a 6x increased risk for becoming pregnancy and 2x increased risk for contracting STIs.
  • Half of youth who have survived both dating violence and rape attempt suicide compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
What you can do if you're experiencing Teen Dating Violence:
  • Talk to a trusted adult or friend. Keep in mind that if you confide in a teacher or counselor, they may need to report the abuse to someone else. 
  • Call an advocate (like the ones at Helping Hands). We're available 24/7 and are confidential. Check out the bottom of this page for additional confidential resources.
  • Create a safety plan. Sometimes it's safer to stay in an abusive relationship with a back-up plan than to leave one without one.
Think you might know someone in an abusive relationship? Or want to know what to do in case a sexual assault happens? Click here to learn about being an active bystander. 

SAFETY ALERT: If you are in danger, please call 911, your local hotline 541-386-6603, or
the National Domestic Violence Hotline  
1-800-799-7233. If concerned about a computer trail, exit this site now.