Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Assembly

YW3CA offers an interactive discussion between high school students and expert panelists. Panelists may include a law enforcement officer, professional from a domestic violence center, an Advocate, and/or a survivor. Students ask panelists questions anonymously in a variety of ways conducive to the specific school environment. The panelists reply with open and honest answers to the entire audience.

The program has been offered in local high schools for students in grades 9-12 and is appropriate for college aged population. Assembly requires a minimum of 90 minutes. YWC3CA consistently offers the program with domestic violence support center representatives available to offer one-on-one support for the students following the assembly.

The assembly increases education and awareness about dating partner abuse, teaching high school students about physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse and control.

Following the assembly the school administration and teachers report an increase in students seeking professional help regarding abuse and a reduction in unhealthy relationships among students.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month


    Teen dating violence is the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional abuse violence within a dating relationship, including stalking.

    Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

    Teen dating violence is not just physical. It can occur in person or electronically. It can come in the form of physical abuse, verbal or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or digital abuse.

    Warning signs of dating abuse can include: checking your cell phone or email without permission, constantly putting you down, extreme jealously and insecurity, explosive temper, isolating you from family or friends, making false accusations, mood swings, physically hurting you in any way, possessiveness, and telling you what to do.

    Often victims of dating violence think it’s their fault; feel helpless to stop the abuse; feel angry, sad, lonely, depressed, or confused; feel threatened or humiliated; feel anxious; and are scared at what might happen next.

    Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences such as alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.

    The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.


    One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.

    Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. However, 67% of teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family.

    About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are “dating".

    Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.

    One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

    Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average.

    Half (50%) of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.