In Virginia, 12.1% of high school students have
been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend during the past 12 months
(10.7% male and 13.4% female). The National Intimate
Partner and Sexual Violence Survey reports "1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced
rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of intimate
partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age." Beside physical injury, teen dating violence can lead
to adverse health outcomes and increase
unhealthy behaviors .
A study published in
Pediatricsreports adverse health outcomes for adult females and males who experienced teen
dating violence. Females who experienced TDV reported increased heavy episodic drinking, depressive
symptomatology, suicidal ideation, smoking, and adult intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization.
Males who experience TDV reported increased antisocial behaviors, suicidal ideation, marijuana use, and
adult IPV victimization. The study found that physical violence was a greater indicator of adverse health
outcomes for females and psychological abuse was a greater indicator of adverse health outcomes males.
The Dating Violence Prevention program provides information, training, and resources on dating violence
prevention to professionals working with youth, teens, and college students.
A number of free curricula can be found
Teen Dating Violence Curricula Showcase
This training provided by the Virginia Department of Health offers an overview of dating violence
prevention and features multiple curricula and resources for adults working with teens or youth,
including: Safe Dates, Choose Respect, RELATE, Love Is Not Abuse, Building Healthy Relationships
Across Virginia, and Crossing the Line.