The Connection Between Between Dating Violence and Unhealthy Behaviors
Futures Without Violence
Young people, 12 to 19 years old, experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Youth, 18 to19 years old, experience the highest rates of stalking. Approximately 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which intimate partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. There are a large number of young people in this country whose lives are affected – sometimes shaped – by violence. Teen dating violence and other forms of exposure to violence are a huge problem in this country. The research below indicates a strong connection between dating violence, exposure to other forms of violence, and unhealthy behaviors.