The consequences of teen dating violence creates countless issues for adolescents. Unfortunately, the effects can last a lifetime, including:
Self-harming coping strategies
Risky sexual behaviors
Dramatic changes in weight and/or appearance
Extreme mood swings
Fear of expressing one’s own thoughts or feelings
Dropping out of extra-curricular school activities
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
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
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