Internet dating violence statistics
It can be hard for pre-teens and teens to know when a dating relationship is unhealthy.
How can someone know what is “normal” in a relationship if they haven’t been in one before? Dating abuse can involve a current partner or past partner and can be in-person or digital. Dating abuse affects around one in ten high school students, and it is likely to be underreported.
Unfortunately, the Internet also offers a place where negative and violent emotions can be fostered, such as hate group web sites.
Teens may also use the Internet to post their own violent thoughts and feelings.
In some cases, cyberthreats are followed by actual acts of violence.
Teen Internet violence and cyberthreats can occur in many ways.
Though teens sometimes lied about their actions to get attention, when they received positive feedback from other teens about their posts it encouraged some of them to act on their claims.
Other web sites encourage teens to harm themselves and offer ideas on ways to do so.
For more information, please see our resource guide on teen dating abuse.
Dating Basics | Types of Dating Abuse | Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2015 | CDC (2016) Kann L, Mc Manus T, Harris WA, Shanklin SL, Flint KH, Hawkins J, Queen B, Lowry R, O’Malley Olsen E, Chyen D, Whittle L, Thornton J, Lim C, Yamakawa Y, Brener N, Zaza S Why Do People Stay in Abusive Relationships?
A CDC survey found that 10% of high school students had been physically hurt by a dating partner on purpose within the past year. Sexual violence was even more common, with 11% of students reporting being forced to do something sexual within the past year by a dating partner.
Again, more girls (16%) reported this than boys (5%).