In a 2014 survey, 20% of teens report they've been the victim or perpetrator of physical or sexual abuse.
Learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Dating violence can cause serious harm to your body and your emotions. Return to top In the United States, teens and young women experience the highest rates of relationship violence.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
Dating violence happens to people of all races, cultures, incomes, and education levels.
Teenage girls in physically abusive relationships are much more likely than other girls to become pregnant.
Abuse can get worse during pregnancy, and it can harm the baby growing inside you.
Dating violence is always wrong, and you can get help.
Dating violence includes: Dating violence often starts with emotional abuse.
Keep in mind that if you sometimes hit your partner first, you can get help learning how to stop.
Talk to a mental health professional, like a school counselor, or a doctor or nurse.
If you (or someone you care about) is in an unhealthy relationship or is a victim of dating violence, know that you are not alone. Love is Respect (originally the National Dating Abuse Helpline) engages and empowers young people to end abusive relationships.