A 2009 study of sixth-grade students found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends.
More than one fourth of the boys with girlfriends said they had been physically aggressive (punching, slapping) with her.
The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior 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. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
We need to do everything we can to make sure all students are safe.” What Is Teen Dating Violence? Associations of dating violence victimization with lifetime participation, co-occurrence, and early initiation of risk behaviors among U.