Respondents reported experiencing the following within the past year:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Surveillance Summaries: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2013 (pdf, 172 pages). More than one fourth of the boys with girlfriends said they had been physically aggressive (punching, slapping) with her.
More girls reported perpetrating physical dating violence than boys (34 percent vs. In addition, 64 percent of girls and 45 percent of boys reported perpetrating verbal emotional abuse toward a dating partner. Nearly one in four girls and one in seven boys reported being victims of sexual coercion in a teen dating relationship. NIJ-funded research has also examined the prevalence of dating violence among a national sample of Latino adolescents.
Phone interviews were conducted with 1,525 Latino teens, ranging in age from 12 to 18, most of whom (76.1 percent) were born in the United States.
This effort began with a series of workshops in 20 that culminated in the development and coordination of a federal interagency workgroup. NIJ has also funded research examining the nature, characteristics and extent of dating violence; risk and protective factors; long-term and short-term outcomes; and systematic evaluations of teen dating violence prevention and intervention programs, policies and legislation.
Estimates of teen dating violence prevalence vary widely, because studies define and measure violence differently over different periods of time for different populations.
Teens who have experienced dating violence are at much higher risk for a variety of serious problems.