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Teen Dating Violence

Teen Dating Violence (TDV), also known as Adolescent Relationship Abuse (ARA), can be defined as violence and/or abuse among two adolescents, ages 10-24 in a current, past and/or potential romantic relationship, including physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, economic, technological, and stalking, where there is an imbalance of power and a pattern of coercion over time.

More than half of the victims of violence and abuse had their first experience in adolscence, which further increases negative health outcomes across the lifespan. Adolscents and adults are often unaware how regularly dating violence occurs. In a nationwide survey, 9.8 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey.

For more information, see the links below, or contact Nancy Bagnato, MPH, at nancy.bagnato@cdph.ca.gov

 
 
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