The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBS) show that in 2013, one in four (28%) high school students report they were emotionally, verbally, physically, or sexually abused by a dating partner.
According to YRBS data, in 2013:
• 22.7% of students reported being verbally or emotionally harmed one or more times by a dating partner. Females (19.2%) were more likely to report verbal and emotional abuse compared to males (11.7%).
• 10.7% of students reported being forced to do sexual things they did not want to by a dating partner. Females (15.0%) were more likely to report sexual abuse compared to
• 6.9% of students reported being physically hurt on purpose one or more times by a dating partner.
• 21.9% of students were bullied on school property; with the majority (16.8%) being electronically bullied.
"Please realize that these things DO happen. You may think to yourself 'oh that will never be me' and then suddenly you find yourself in a bad relationship, and a scary situation."
- Caity, survivor of a violent dating relationship
"Violence should never be an option in a relationship, and if someone thinks it is, then it's time to get out of that relationship. I just hope the teens of Utah and all of America can be strong enough to know that."
- Wyatt, high school student
If you or someone you love is in a violent relationship, call these FREE hotlines open 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Utah Domestic Violence Link Line
Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line
To help teachers and students understand the dynamics of unhealthy dating relationships, the UDOH and Utah Healthy Relationship Task Force have developed a dating violence prevention toolkit.
What is Dating Violence?
Dating violence is verbal, emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse in a dating relationship. A dating relationship is romantic or intimate in nature and not just a casual relationship.
What are the warning signs that someone is in a violent relationship?
- Sudden changes in appearance
- Avoids contact with family and friends
- Spends all of free time with abuser
- Cries a lot; moody
- Is very stressed with
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Defends abuser and his/her actions
- Sudden and drastic mood swings
- Acts macho or cocky
- Jealous and controlling
- Cruelty to animals and/or children
- History of battering
- Constantly checking on partner
- Blames others for their problems
What should you do if you're in a violent dating relationship?
- Decide that any abuse is too much
- Tell someone you are being abused
- Document your injuries
- Call a local hotline for help
- Fill out a personalized safety plan
- Remember that it is NOT your
fault you are being abused
How can you help a loved one who is in a violent dating relationship?
- Learn all you can about abuse
- Teach your loved one about abuse
- Document the injuries you see
- Call a local hotline for
- Listen to your loved one
- Be patient!