Dating Violence Among Adolescents
Professional Resource Brief
Care, Services, and Support
Project (AVP) Hotline.
Crisis intervention and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, queer, and HIV-affected people who are victims
and survivors of violence,
including dating violence. The bilingual (English and Spanish)
hotline is available 24 hours a day and is staffed by trained
volunteers and professional
counselors. Telephone: (212) 714-1141.
Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC): Help for Crime Victims.
Contact information for local services
for victims of all types of crime. Search by type of
crime (e.g., dating violence) or special
need (e.g., language, disability), among other criteria.
- National Dating Abuse Helpline. Support and resource referrals by trained peer advocates 24 hours a day for adolescents and young adults experiencing dating abuse. Telephone: (866) 331-9474; (866) 331-8453 (TDD); chat online; or text loveis to 77054.
Domestic Violence Hotline.
Crisis intervention, safety
planning, information about domestic
violence, and referrals
to local services to victims
of domestic violence and those
calling on their behalf. Help is available in English and Spanish, with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. Telephone:
(800) 799-SAFE (799-7233);
(800) 787-3224 (TDD).
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): National Sexual Assault Hotline. Free, confidential counseling 24 hours a day in partnership with rape crisis centers across the country. Telephone: (800) 656-HOPE (656-4673). The hotline also offers an online interface. Or search by state or zip code to find a local crisis center.
- Also see the Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families.
Websites for Professionals and Parents
- Break the Cycle. Curricula, policy recommendations, outreach materials, and other tools to prevent and end dating abuse among adolescents and young adults, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). Describes dating violence, warning signs, and effects. Presents state law report cards with information about the civil domestic violence protection order laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Teen Dating Violence. Information about dating violence, risk factors, and consequences.
Break the Silence: Stop the Violence. (2008). [Video clip]. Parents talk with adolescents about developing healthy, respectful relationships before they start dating.
Dating Matters™: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships. Initiative to reduce dating violence and increase healthy relationships in high-risk urban communities. Includes a fact sheet and an online training module.
Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA). Initiative to prevent intimate partner violence in communities by promoting strategies aimed
at preventing first-time victimization and perpetration.
Rape Prevention and Education
(RPE) Program. Initiative to strengthen sexual violence prevention efforts in communities, states, and the nation.
- Futures Without Violence: Tweens and Teens. Resources and initiatives for adolescents, parents, schools, and communities to address dating violence. Recognizing adolescent dating abuse, creating an adolescent safety plan, the connection between dating violence and unhealthy behaviors, sexting, sexual coercion, bullying, and engaging coaches to help shape the attitudes and behaviors of young male athletes are among the topics addressed.
Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships. Initiative to prevent adolescent dating violence and abuse by teaching middle school students about healthy relationships. Resources for parents address how to prepare their child for healthy relationships, parenting in a digital age, teaching their child to be a good friend, and recognizing unhealthy relationships.
Also see That's Not Cool.
- Healthy Teen Network (HTN): Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships. Links to resources for health professionals, educators, advocates, and families about dating violence and helping adolescents develop healthy relationships.
- National Institute of Justice: Teen Dating Violence. Information about creating an adolescent-dating-violence research agenda, the prevalence of adolescent dating violence, and two intervention strategies, one school-based and one family-based, that proved effective in reducing the incidence of adolescent dating violence. Includes a recommended reading list.
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet): Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence. Online library of resources to support dating-violence prevention, education, intervention, and public policy. Presents information for adolescents, parents, men and boys, teachers and school-based professionals, health professionals, and domestic violence and sexual violence service providers. Also includes documents about laws and legislation and national prevention programs.
- Office of Adolescent Health: Talking with Teens. Tips for parents about talking more easily with their adolescents about difficult issues, including healthy relationships.
- Siegel J, Pedicases Steering Committee. 2013. Effective
Clinical Interviewing of Adolescent Boys and Young Men. Boston, MA: Boston Children's Hospital. [Training toolkit].
Websites for Tweens and Teens
- GirlsHealth.gov: Relationships. Information for girls about forming healthy relationships, working through
problems in relationships, and safe and healthy dating.
- loveisrespect. Information about dating, healthy relationships, and abusive relationships. Topics include digital abuse, the power and control wheel, why people stay in abusive relationships, abuse in LGBTQ relationships, and how to get help and help others. Also see the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.
- That's Not Cool. Website for adolescents that uses examples of pressure and control that occur in the digital world (online and via cell phone) to encourage adolescents to draw their own lines about what's okay, or not okay, in relationships.
- Young Men's Health: Dating Violence. Information for boys and young men about the warning signs of dating violence, the differences between a healthy relationship and an abusive relationship, what might cause a person to be violent in a relationship, and what to do if you or a friend is causing or experiencing dating violence.
Related NCEMCH Resources
Dating Violence Among Adolescents: Resource Brief. (June 2013).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., NCEMCH.
Reviewers: Jennifer Allison, Ph.D., Children's Safety Network; Sally Fogerty, B.S.N., M.Ed., Children's Safety Network; Rebecca Hunt, M.P.A., Children's Safety Network; Adam M. Messinger, Ph.D., Northeastern Illinois University; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., NCEMCH; Morrisa B. Rice, M.H.A., R.E.H.S., R.S., HRSA Office of Women's Health; and Ellen Schmidt, B.S., M.S., O.T.R., Children's Safety Network.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., NCEMCH.