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Domestic violence can happen to anyone at any age. Teens and young women (16-24 years old) are especially vulnerable targets for dating and sexual violence. This includes rape, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, there are many young people who live in homes where partner violence has occurred, and that is about 15.5 million U.S. children who are affected by violence. http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/dating-violence-statistics/

TEEN POWER AND CONTROL WHEEL

The following is a diagram illustrating tactics used by abusers to assert their power and control over teen victims of domestic violence. These examples do not happen to everyone but these are actions that might be used over a period of time.Teen Power & Control Wheel (pdf)from The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence(NCDSV).

TEEN EQUALITY WHEEL

The following is a diagram illustrating characteristics of a healthy teen relationship.
http://www.ncdsv.org/images/TeenEqualitywheelNOSHADING-NCDSV.pdf
http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/relationships/healthy_relationship.html

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AND PREGNANCY

Young women in abusive relationships are 4-6 times more likely to become pregnant. In addition, a pregnant teen leaving an abuser faces additional barriers and challenges. Like many adults, pregnant teens fear being a single parent and do not want to raise their child alone. A teen may be more fearful if she does not have family support, or if she believes she would lose privileges if her family became aware she was pregnant.

About Teen Dating Violence
Statistics
Why it Might be Hard for a Teenager to Leave
A Teen's Safety Plan
How to Help a Friend
What Parents Can Do
What Schools Can Do
Resources