DV Statistics

The Statistics About Dating Violence Tell a Terrifying Story

  • Nearly three in four “tweens” (72%) say boyfriend/girlfriend relationships usually begin at age 14 or younger. (1)
  • 62% of tweens (age 11-14) who have been in a relationship say they know friends who have been verbally abused (called stupid, worthless, ugly, etc) by a boyfriend/girlfriend. (1)
  • Only half of all tweens (age 11-14) claim to know the warning signs of a bad/hurtful relationship. (1)
  • More than three times as many tweens (20%) as parents (6%) admit that parents know little or nothing about the tweens’ dating relationships. (1)
  • 1 in 3 teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their partner. (2)
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a break-up.(2)
  • 13% of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship report being physically hurt or hit. (2)
  • 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse. (2)
  • More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship (26%) report enduring repeated verbal abuse. (2)
  • 80% of teens regard verbal abuse as a “serious issue” for their age group. (2)
  • If trapped in an abusive relationship, 73% of teens said they would turn to a friend for help; but only 33% who have been in or known about an abusive relationship said they have told anyone about it. (2)
  • 24% of 14 to 17-year-olds know at least one student who has been the victim of dating violence, yet 81% of parents either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it is an issue. (3)
  • Less than 25% of teens say they have discussed dating violence with their parents. (4)
  • 89% of teens between the ages of 13 and 18 say they have been in dating relationships; 40% of teenage girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. (5)
  • Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. (6)
  • Of the women between the ages 15-19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by their husband or boyfriend. (6)


1. Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2008.

2. Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.

3. Survey commissioned by the Empower Program, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and conducted by Knowledge Networks, Social Control, Verbal Abuse, and Violence Among Teenagers, December 2000

4. Liz Claiborne Inc. study of teens 13-17 conducted by Applied Research and Consulting LLC, Spring 2000

5. Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll, December 1995

6. City of New York, Teen Relationship Abuse Fact Sheet, March 1998