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DATING 101 THE EFFECTS OF TEEN DATING ABUSE


The consequences of teen dating violence creates countless issues for adolescents. Unfortunately, the effects can last a lifetime, including:

  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Self-harming coping strategies
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Risky sexual behaviors
  • Dramatic changes in weight and/or appearance
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Fear of expressing one’s own thoughts or feelings
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Dropping out of extra-curricular school activities
  • Failing grades
  • Excessive worry
  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Anti-social behaviors
  • Chronic pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Teen pregnancy

Did You Know?


  • Girls who reported having been sexually or physically abused in a dating relationship were more than twice as likely as non-abused girls to report smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs1.
  • Girls who reported having been sexually or physically abused in a dating relationship were nearly three times as likely as non-abused girls to report binge eating and purging.1
  • Girls who were recent targets of dating violence were 61% more likely to attempt suicide.2
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A High School Student's Nightmare


It was love at first sight for Sarah Van Zanten when she met 'Joe' her sophomore year. She never dreamed she'd become a statistic - one of thousands of adolescents girls caught in an abusive relationship...

1. Family Violence Prevention Fund, "Facts on Teenagers and Intimate Partner Violence." Retrieved from www.endabuse.org on November 20, 2007.
2. Elyse Olshen, et al, "Suicide Attempts by Teens Linked with Assault," Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Med

Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse.

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