New Study Examines Cyber Abuse Among Teens
On the heels of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, we wanted to share a recently released NIJ-funded study that looks at the prevalence of dating violence among more than 5,000 teens at 10 schools in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. When asked about experiences with a romantic partner within the past year:
- 18 percent reported cyber abuse (e.g., "my partner used my social networking account without permission" or "my partner sent texts/emails to engage in sexual acts I did not want").
- 20 percent reported physical violence (e.g., "my partner pushed" or "kicked me").
- 32 percent reported psychological abuse (e.g., "my partner threatened to hurt me" or "my partner would not let me do things with other people").
- 9 percent reported sexual coercion (e.g., "my partner pressured me to have sex when (s)he knew I didn’t want to").