Status: Getting worse
Most Recent Data:
14.3 percent (2019)
12.6 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 who dated or went out with someone in the past 12 months reported that they had been forced to do "sexual things" (e.g., kissing, touching, or having sexual intercourse) they did not want to do, or were physically hurt on purpose (e.g., being hit, slammed into something, or injured with an object or weapon) 1 or more times in the past 12 months in 2017
Reduce adolescent dating violence (sexual or physical)
Many adolescents are physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. This can include unwanted sexual contact and physical violence. Dating violence can lead to physical and mental health problems. Teaching adolescents safe and healthy relationship skills and creating safe environments where youth live, learn, and play are examples of strategies that can help prevent dating violence.
Workgroup: Injury and Violence Prevention Workgroup