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Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence often starts as emotional or verbal abuse and can quickly escalate into physical abuse or sexual violence.

About one in three high school students have been or will be involved in an abusive relationship.  Forty percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. (US Department of Justice, 2004 statistics)

Power and Control Wheel

We invite teens to use the Power & Control Wheel below. By clicking on the wheel, you'll go to an interactive version in which each spoke contains examples and a video demonstrating one of the forms of abuse. Try asking yourself what would be the best way to handle each of the situations portrayed, then check out the tips on the Love Is Respect site.


Power and Control Wheel

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