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What is dating violence?

Dating Violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, not always physical, that one partner uses over time to gain power and control over the other partner. Some tactics used can include but is not limited to; isolation, peer pressure, use of social status, intimidation, minimizing/denial/blame, sexual coercion and threats.

Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family.  A 2011 CDC nationwide survey found that 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age.   A 2013 survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months before they were surveyed.

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