What is TDV?

Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is when one partner uses unhealthy behaviors to gain power and control over their partner. TDV occurs in heterosexual and LGBTQ+ relationships at any stage (dating, engaged, married, after a breakup).
TDV Facts
  • 1 in 3 teens experience abuse by an intimate partner according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov)
  • Most intimate partner violence occurs between partners who are not married or living together. People ages 16-24 are at the highest risk. (CDC.gov)
  • Teen dating violence also referred to as, “dating violence”, can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online without consent.
  • Harm is caused by people of all gender identities.
  • People of all genders and sexualities can be harmful and can experience harm.
  • Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence. However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends.
  • Want to learn more? Check out these great resources with more information on teen dating violence:
Risk Factors
Forms of Harm

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