February 28, 2019

For Teen DV Awareness Month, Recent Developments in Child Marriage in the U.S.

February is teen dating violence awareness month. Data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that teen dating violence is widespread, including both sexual violence (reported by 14% of female teens, 5% of male teens) and physical violence (reported by 11% of female teens, 8% of male teens). Among those who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime, 23% of women and 14% of survivors first experienced that violence before 18. The Department of Justice reports that the rate at which girls between 16 and 24 experience IPV is almost three times the national average. However, some estimates suggest that as few as 33% of teenage IPV victims ever told anyone about the violence. Minors who experience intimate partner violence are more likely to develop depression and anxiety, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidal ideations, and they are more likely to be victimized as adults.

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