February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Developing healthy relationships as teens can have monumental ramifications later in life. In fact, the severity of domestic violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence–meaning, how someone’s relationship is formed in younger years has an impact on that relationship later in life.

Did you also know that:

  •  Almost 1.5 million high school students across the U.S. experience physical abuse from an intimate partner in a single year.
  • 1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of verbal, emotional, sexual or physical abuse from a dating partner.
  • 1 in 10 high school students have been purposefully slapped, hit or physically hurt by an intimate partner.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
  •  33% of teens who were in a violent relationship report being abused.
  • 50% of youth who have been victims of dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 5.4% of non-abused boys and 12.5% of non-abused girls.

Learn more about how you can help here.