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Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and can occur between a current or former dating partner.

Did you know? 

  • 1 in 11 female and 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in 2019.
  • 25% of female and 17% of male abuse survivors reported missing at least one day of school due to abuse.
  • 3.5 million women and 900,000 men report their intimate partner abuse occurred before turning 18.
  • 1 in 9 female and 1 in 36 male high school students report having experienced sexual dating violence in 2019.

Where to Report

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • If you suspect abuse of a minor, you must report to DFPS at 1-800-252-5400.
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 866-331-9474
    • Chat – loveisrespect.org
    • Text – LOVEIS to 22522

Partners & Resources

  • Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC): is a 501©3 organization with a mission “to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression.” hawc.org
  • AVDA: is a nonprofit organization that has served the Houston community for 40 years with the mission to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse. avda.org
  • Texas Health and Human Services: mission to serve the health, safety and well-being of Texans with good stewardship of public resources. hhs.texas.gov

Schedule a Presentation

To schedule a prevention presentation and learn more about teen dating violence, fill out our presentation request link here: https://crime-stoppers.org/presentation_request