Approximately 25 percent of teens report experiencing TDV annually (Noonan & Charles, 2009).It can include emotional, verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse.TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.Like intimate partner violence among adults, TDV occurs without respect to age, race, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
An article published by the National Institute of Justice discusses current research on TDV and concludes that there are three key differences between adult and teen dating relationships: Because the dynamics of intimate partner abuse are different in adolescent and adult relationships, it is important not to apply an adult framework of intimate partner violence to teen dating violence.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) brings national focus to the issue of teen dating violence, highlights the need to educate our youth about healthy relationships, raises awareness among those who care for them and provides communities with a critical opportunity to work together to prevent this devastating cycle of abuse." Their website is a great resource to find information, fact sheets and monthly campaign materials.
Another great resource, the Teen dating bill of rights can be found at These sites contain information that can help support your advocacy efforts when working directly with teens.
Rather than supporting her, she was punished by the people charged with protecting her.
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights investigated and found that the school had violated Title IX, a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education.