A study conducted by Liz Claiborne Inc. & Teenage Research Unlimited found that alarming numbers of teens experience and accept abusive behavior in dating relationships. Many teens also feel physically and sexually threatened. While these statistics might surprise (or even scare) you, it's worth being aware—and making your kid aware—of the statistics surrounding teen dating abuse.
One in five teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.
One in three girls who have been in a serious relationship say they've been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.
One in four teens who have been in a serious relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family; the same number have been pressured to only spend time with their partner.
One in three girls between the ages of 16 and 18 say sex is expected for people their age if they're in a relationship; half of teen girls who have experienced sexual pressure report they are afraid the relationship would break up if they did not give in.
Nearly one in four girls who have been in a relationship (23 percent) reported going further sexually than they wanted as a result of pressure.
If you're concerned that your teen may be in an abusive relationship, check out Identifying Abusive Relationships in Teens
to help your teen identify abusive behavior.