Dating and intimate relationships are a normal part of growing up for many adolescents.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.Participating agencies have collaborated on several joint efforts, including cohosting the December 2007 workshop and sponsoring the Concept Mapping Project.In the emerging area of teen dating violence research, it is important that the definitions and concepts that researchers and practitioners use to define teen dating violence also resonate with young people.A 2011 CDC nationwide survey found that 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who — Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life.Many more survive violence and suffer physical, mental, and or emotional health problems throughout the rest of their lives.To that end, NIJ has sponsored four research meetings, helped launch an interagency workgroup, and with the members of that workgroup, funded the development of concept maps related to teen dating violence.Summaries and proceedings are available for each of the workshops: The creation of the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Teen Dating Violence was one outcome of the 2006 Workshop on Teen Dating Violence.Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.