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Violence in Dating Relationships

Loving and nurturing relationships are important to us all. A healthy relationship encourages outside interests and friendships. It provides support and affection. But some relationships are not healthy. If the relationship becomes abusive-physically violent, controlling, verbally abusive-it is not a healthy relationship, and you need to get help. Always remember that physical and psychological abuse are not normal or acceptable even among teenage lovers.

Some facts about domestic violence:

  • Approximately 1 in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence in dating relationships.
  • One-third of high school and college-aged youths experience violence in an intimate relationship.
  • 79 percent of all violent young people have witnessed violence in their homes.
  • 15 to 25 percent of pregnant women are battered.
  • At least one woman is battered every fifteen seconds in the United States.
  • Domestic violence may touch as many as 1/4 of all Americans.
  • Domestic violence is a major contributing factor to other problems including child abuse and neglect, female alcoholism, and homelessness.