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Nancy L. Brown, PhDAdolescent Health

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Dating Violence

Nancy L. Brown, PhD
Violence between dating partners is a significant public health concern, but one that does not get much attention in research or popular media. Approximately 20% of teens report dating someone who became violent with them. Victims of dating violence also have an elevated risk of substance abuse, sexually risky behavior, pregnancy and suicide. Victims of dating violence are also more likely to come from families where they have witnessed the same types of violence or aggression.

There are school-based programs developed to increase knowledge about dating violence and laws protecting people, reduce individual tolerance of aggression, and increase the chance of teens knowing where and how to get help, if needed. A previous post about Dating Violence on Teen Health 411 provides more information and resources.

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