Statistics used throughout are website are cited below.

New York City Statistics: Youth & Dating Violence

One in ten teenagers in New York City schools reports experiencing physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship within the past year.[1]

1 in 3 teens report experiencing some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships, including verbal and emotional abuse.[2]

A high prevalence of dating relationships of young women between 15 and 24 in New York City are characterized by physical violence (22%), coercion (67%) and forced sexual experiences (37%).[3]

The New York City Domestic Violence Hotline receives an average of 1,400 calls from teenagers every month.[4] 

Nearly half of all female homicide victims in New York City are killed in intimate partner homicides. Of these intimate partner homicides, teenagers comprise approximately 8% of the total victims.[5]

About 10% of domestic violence victims seen in the City's public hospitals are under 20 years old.[6]

In a study of young women aged 14 to 23 who sought health services at the New York Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, approximately 30% of young women reported experiencing sexual assault by a date or acquaintance in the past year.[7]

One study found fewer than 3% of boys or girls reported an incident of teen dating violence to someone such as a teacher, police officer, or counselor; only 6% reported it to a relative.[8]

In a 2005 study of incoming freshmen at a New York City public college, more than 50% of students indicated that a close peer was involved in a violent relationship in the past year.[9]


National Statistics: Youth & Dating Violence

Prevalence of Violence Against Girls and Young Women

In a study of young women seeking family planning services, 53% of young women reported experiencing physical or sexual partner violence.[10]

One in five students reported being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner in a survey of over four thousand 9th through 12th graders.[11]

Women aged 16-24 experience the highest per capita rate of intimate partner violence, triple the national average.[12]

Approximately 2.3 million people each year in the United States are raped and/or physically assaulted by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.[13]

A woman is more likely to be injured, raped or killed by a current or former partner than by any other person.[14]

In a study of urban high school students, nearly 1 in 5 teens reported perpetrating physical abuse in their dating relationships.[15]

LGBTQ Relationships

As many as half of LGBTQ relationships may be abusive—making abuse in same-sex relationships just as widespread as in heterosexual relationships.[16]

Technology and Dating Abuse

50% of people age 14-24 have experienced digitally abusive behavior.[17]

22% of people age 14-24 in dating relationships say they feel like their partner checks up on them too often.[18]

More than 1 in 4 people age 14-24 say their boyfriend or girlfriend has checked the text messages on their phone without permission.[19]

One in four teens in a relationship say they have been called names, harassed or put down by their partner through cellphones and texting.[20]

Violence by Boys vs. Violence by Girls

Girls reported that their dating partners were the ones who started the abuse 70% of the time; whereas boys reported their dating partners to be initiators of abuse only 27% of the time. The boys were much more likely to state that they initiated incidents.[21]

For boys reporting they had been subject to a partner's use of physical violence, 17% percent reported that the reason for this violence was because they (i.e. the boys) had been making sexual advances toward the dating partner.[22]


Forty-two percent (42%) of the males and 43.2% of the females who reported abuse stated that this abuse occurred in a school building or on school grounds. [23]

Bystander Issues

During the time of the abuse, 40% of the girls and 49% of the boys reported that either another boy or girl or group of people was present.[24]

Acceptance of dating violence among friends is one of the strongest links to being involved in future dating violence.[25]

Rate of Disclosures/Seeking Support

Two in three teens who are in an abusive relationship do not tell anyone about the abuse.[26]

Another study found less than 3% of students reported being abused to an authority figure (e.g. police, social worker, counselor/teacher).  Sixty-one percent of adolescents reporting abuse said they told a friend. Over 30% told no one at all.[27]

Girls who reported experiencing severe sexual abuse reported this to a family member, teacher, social worker, or other authority figure only 6% of the time.[28]

Pursuing a protective order reduces the likelihood of a physical attack by 80%.[29]

Effective Prevention: Teen Education

In a 2008 study, young people who received comprehensive sex education used significantly fewer acts of violence toward a dating partner by the end of Grade 11.[30]

Teaching young people about healthy relationships and ways to avoid physical dating violence can reduce physical dating violence and sexual dating violence by 60%.[31]

Student Perception: Reasons for the Violence

Young people tend to interpret the violence of their partner as signifying love. In one study, 25-35% of the victims interpreted violence as love; 60% felt it had no effect on the relationship; and 40% felt it worsened their relationship.[32]

Dating Abuse, Eating Disorders and Substance Use/Abuse

Girls who reported that they had been sexually or physically abused were more than twice as likely as non-abused girls to report smoking, drinking and using illegal drugs. In addition, 32% reported bingeing and purging.[33]

Dating Abuse & Pregnancy

Teens are at higher risk of abuse during pregnancy than adult women: 21.7% of teens experience abuse as opposed to 15.9% of adults.[34]

High school girls reporting experiences of violence from dating partners were found to be 4 to 6 times more likely than their non-abused peers to have ever been pregnant.[35]

Three studies have found that homicide is the most common cause of death for pregnant women.[36]

Thirty-five percent of women who reported partner violence also reported either pregnancy coercion or birth control sabotage: approximately one in five young women said they experienced pregnancy coercion and 15% said they experienced birth control sabotage.[37]

Dating Abuse & Suicide

Suicidal ideation and attempted suicide were about 6 to 9 times as common among adolescent girls who reported sexual and physical abuse by dating partners.[38]

Dating Abuse & Academic Performance

In a study of young women in a shelter for displaced teens aged 12-20, 44.4% of non-battered women were attending school, whereas only 22% of battered women were in school. Half (50%) of the non-battered women reported that they made good grades, whereas only 34.1% of the battered women reported good academic performance.[39]

Costs of Intimate Partner Violence
Healthcare costs almost $500 more per year for women who have experienced intimate partner violence.[40]

The direct cost of medical treatment for battered women annually is estimated at $1.8 billion.[41]

The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year.[42]

The annual cost of domestic violence to the US economy is more than $8.3 billion. This cost includes medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity (e.g., time away from work).[43]

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