Teen dating violence is a pattern of actions or threats of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse by a teen (between the ages of 13 and 18) against a current or former dating partner.
HHS Federal Dating Violence Awareness Events The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program in the Family and Youth Services Bureau strives to bring visibility to the work of advocates, the strength of victims, and the Federal initiatives addressing the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, and family violence every day.
Throughout the month of February, there will be several Federal awareness events taking place to highlight the issue of teen dating violence, such as webinars or conference calls.
For a helpful introduction to the issue of teen dating violence, including how to prevent and respond to teen dating violence, visit VAWnet.org, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, supported by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.
One in three teens will experience abuse in a dating relationship and more than two-thirds of them will never report it to anyone.
"Break the Cycle's extensive experience serving teens and young adults, in collaboration with the National Dating Abuse Helpline's one of a kind chat service offers a new nationwide response to dating violence," said Marjorie Gilberg, Executive Director of Break the Cycle.