• In NYC in 2011, 10.4% of male and female high school students reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend/girlfriend within the past year.1
  • Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, 22.4% of women and 15.0% of men first experienced some form of partner violence between ages 11 and 17. 2
  • While both females and males may suffer dating violence, female teens in heterosexual relationships are more likely to be injured, more likely to be sexually assaulted, and more likely to suffer emotionally than are their heterosexual male peers.3
  • Teen relationship abuse is equally prevalent in same-sex couples. However, in addition to experiencing the same types of violence as their heterosexual peers, same-sex partners also deal with threats of being outed by their partner.4
  • Young people who experience dating violence, whether as victims, perpetrators or both, carry their patterns of abusive behavior into future relationships.5
  • Young women who were hurt in the previous year by a dating partner were twice as likely as other young women to report having been pregnant.6
  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse. Confusion about the law and desire for confidentiality are the two most common reasons a teen victim does not seek help.7
  • About 10% of domestic violence victims seen in NYC public hospitals are under 20 years old.8
  • The New York City domestic violence hotline receives an average of 1,400 calls from teenagers per month.9
  • 22% of people ages 14-24 in dating relationships say they feel like their partner checks up on them too often.10


  1. Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. (2013). Teen dating violence fact sheet 2013. Retrieved from http://www.nyc.gov/html/ocdv/downloads/pdf/2013_Teen_Dating_Violence_Fact_Sheet 
  2. Centers for Disease Control. (2010). The National intimate partner and sexual violence survey summary report. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/
  3. Halpern, C.T., Oslak, S.G., Young, M.L., et al. (2001). Partner violence among adolescents of opposite-sex romantic relationships: findings from the national longitudinal study of adolescent health. American Journal Of Public Health, 91(10), 1679-1685.
  4. Freedner, N., Freed, L.H., Yang, Y.W., et al. (2002). Dating violence among gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents: restults from a community survey. Journal of Adolescent Health, 31(6), 469-474.
  5. Smith, P.H., White, J.W., Holland, L.J. (2003). A longitudinal perspective on dating violence among adolescent and college-age women. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1104-1109.
  6. Silverman, J.G., Raj, A., Clements, K. (2004). Dating violence and associated sexual risk and pregnancy among adolescent girls in the United States. Pediatrics, 114(2), 220-225.
  7. Break the Cycle & National Dating Abuse Helpline. (2013). Dating abuse statistics. Retrieved from http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/dating-violence-statistics
  8. New York City Mayor’s Office, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. (2007). 2007 Fact Sheet: New York, NY.
  9. New York City Mayor’s Office, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. (2007). 2007 Fact Sheet: New York, NY.
  10. MTV & Associated Press. (2009). 2009 AP-MTV Digital Abuse Study.