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Teen Dating Violence Resources

Teen Dating Violence Resources


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RUSafe App
A Dangerous Relationship Assessment App from Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh


Resources/Hotlines

Futures Without Violence
http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

National DV Hotline - 24 hours a day & / 7 days a week:
800-799-SAFE
www.ndvh.org

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Main Office: (303) 839-1852 (Colorado)
Public Policy Office: (202) 745-1211 (Washington, DC) www.ncadv.org

National Teen Dating Violence Helpline
1-866-331-9474
www.loveisrespect.org

National Center For Victims of Crime - Help For Victims
1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
www.ncvc.org

Centers for Disease Control/Dept. of Health and Human Services
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control The Division of Violence Prevention The “Choose Respect” Initiative
www.chooserespect.org

Break The Cycle - Empowering Youth To End Domestic Violence
Helpline 1-888-988-TEEN
www.breakthecycle.org

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1-800-932-4632
www.pcadv.org

Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Serving Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Since 1976 24 Hour Hotline (724) 836-1122 or 1-888-832-2272 Toll Free www.blackburncenter.org

Center for Victims
24 Hour Helpline
412-482-3240 (Pittsburgh, PA)
http://www.centerforvictims.org/

Safe Dates Prevention Program for Dating Abuse
Hazelden Publishing 1-800-257-7800 or 1-800-257-7810 www.hazelden.org/safedates

Womansplace
24 Hour Hotline 1-866-202-5573 (McKeesport, PA) www.womansplace.org

Statistics

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.

  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.

  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average.

  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.

  • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

  • About 72% of eighth and ninth graders are “dating”.

  • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.

  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.

  • Half of youths who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.

Dating Violence and the Law


  • Eight states currently do not include dating relationships in their definition of domestic violence. As a result, young victims of dating abuse often cannot apply for restraining orders.

  • New Hampshire is the only state where the law specifically allows a minor of any age to apply for a protection order; more than half of states do not specify the minimum age of a petitioner.

  • Currently only one juvenile domestic violence court in the country focuses exclusively on teen dating violence.

  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.

  • Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.

  • A teen’s confusion about the law and their desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.

Courtesy of www.loveisrespect.org

Parent Resources


What Do I Need to Know?

  • Learn the warning signs

  • Your child’s partner is extremely jealous or possessive

  • You notice unexplained marks or bruises

  • Your child’s partner emails and texts excessively

  • You notice your son or daughter is depressed or anxious

  • Your child stops spending time with other friends or family

  • Your child’s partner abuses other people or animals

  • Your child begins to dress differently

What Can I Do?

  • Tell your child you are concerned for their safety and point out that what’s happening isn’t “normal”

  • Be supportive and understanding

  • Let them know that it is not their fault and make it clear that you do not blame them

  • Believe them. Your child might be reluctant to share their experiences for fear that no one will believe they are telling the truth

  • Try to connect your child to support groups or professionals that can help keep them safe

  • Remember that one of the most dangerous times in an abusive relationship is when the victim decides to leave

  • Educate Before It’s Too Late

  • It’s never too early to talk to your child about the dangers of dating violence and what a healthy relationship is

  • Teach your child the warning signs

Do Research

  • Get the facts before talking to your child about dating abuse

  • Provide examples of healthy relationships compared to abusive relationships

  • Ask questions and encourage them to do the same

  • Develop a positive and trusting relationship with child. They should feel comfortable to tell you about a problem they are having without feeling that they will be lectured or accused

  • Admit to not knowing all the answers. Learn and research together.


Our Education Programs are funded in part by:

The Grable FoundationAmerican Eagle Outfitters, The Laurel Foundation, Macy's, PNC Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of The Buhl Foundation 

Prime Stage Theatre is eligible to receive EITC Funding. You can support our education programs and make sure students see theatre and read - click here.