Young dating community
We know that in a single year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner.
When college-aged students were asked to consider if they have ever been in an abusive relationship, 29% of women and 17% of men reported that they had.
At that time, very few evidence-based primary prevention programs existed for teen dating violence, and none had been evaluated in high-risk urban environments.
CDC recognized that public health organizations, like local health departments, offer unique resources for delivering comprehensive, community-level prevention strategies due to their access to multiple sectors and populations.
College students are not equipped to deal with dating abuse – 57% say it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it.
Dating abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, financial status, race, gender, sexual orientation or background, and if we want to raise awareness about it and help prevent it, we need to start with the basics. Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.Types of Abuse: PHYSICAL • Hitting • Slapping • Choking • Kicking • Shoving • Biting • Force-feeding • Assaulting EMOTIONAL & VERBAL • Putting you down • Embarrassing you in public, threatening you in any way • Telling you what to do, telling you what to wear SEXUAL • Pressuring or forcing you to do anything sexual without your consent like forcing you to have sex or perform sexual acts that you are not comfortable with • Restricting access to birth control • Forcing you to watch pornography or participate in pornographic videos, sexting FINANCIAL • Taking your paychecks • Not paying bills • Preventing you from working • Controlling where and how you work DIGITAL • Sending threats via text, social media or email • Stalking or humiliating you on social media • Logging into your social media or email accounts without permission • Forcing you to share passwords Drugs and alcohol can affect a person’s judgment and behavior—but they do not excuse abuse or violence. A healthy relationship requires honest communication, trust, safety, and respect.This applies to all relationships, regardless of each person’s sexual orientation.As a result, CDC developed Dating Matters From 2011 to 2016, CDC conducted a demonstration project of Dating Matters in Baltimore, Chicago, Oakland, and Ft. CDC examined the feasibility, sustainability, effectiveness, and cost of this comprehensive model for preventing teen dating violence in these four communities.Learn more about Dating Matters successes in these communities.