Unhealthy relationships can begin early in life and can have livelong impact.  Youth sometimes think behaviors like teasing and name-callling are natural parts of a relationship. What can be considered playful could become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.  Teen dating violence can be defined as emotional, physical, psychological or sexual aggression within a dating relationship that can include stalking.   It can come in many different forms, including in person or electronically and may occur between current or former dating partners (CDC, 2018).  As many as 23% of females and 14% of males in the U.S. experience some form of dating violence, also known as intimate partner violence, before age 18 (MMWR, 2016).  16% of U.S. high school females and 5% of U.S. high school males reported being victims of violence by a dating partner.  However, research indicates that the incidence of dating or domestic violence may be as much as 60% higher since dating or domestic violence goes unreported (YRBS, 2016).

     Recommended strategies to prevent violence in teen dating relationships include:

    • Learning and practicing safe and healthy relationship skills;
    • Connecting with adults who model healthy relationships;
    • Interventions for children who witness domestic violence; and
    • Creating school climates that promote understanding, empathy, and respect. (CDC, 2018)

     Local Resources Include:

    Family Services Burbank

    Family Service Agency of Burbank 818-845-7671




     All Inclusive Community Health Center  818-843-9900

     Other Resources

    National Domestic Violence Hotline:  1-800-799-7233

    Break the Cycle

    CDC Intimate Partner Violence Resources

    Change the Talk

    National Center for Victims of Crimes