NATIONAL DATA During the 12 months preceding the survey, 9.8% of high school students nationwide had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend (i.e., dating violence).This is slightly down from 9.9% of students in 2007.One important component of a comprehensive approach to teen dating violence prevention is ensuring that the best available data, evidence, and practice are included in policy development, implementation, and evaluation.The Dating Matters Guide to Informing Policy provides a framework for evaluating Teen Dating Violence (TDV) and TDV-related policies and synthesizing the information to inform policy.Dating Matters comprehensive prevention model is an initiative designed to promote healthy, respectful, nonviolent dating relationships amoung youth in high-risk urban communities.The initiative supports communities' efforts to implement prevention strategies in schools, with familes, and in neighborhoods.CDC recognizes the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for developing the Dating Matters Guide to Informing Policy and for their assistance in developing the web-based Dating Matters Policy Tool.This Guide and website are provided for informational purposes only.
Similarly, for boys, high levels of parental bonding have been found to be associated with less externalizing behavior, which in turn is associated with less teen dating violence victimization.
In addition to teaching relationship skills, prevention programs can focus on promoting protective factors—that is, characteristics of a teen’s environment that can support healthy development—and positive youth development.
These can also be fostered by a teen’s home and community.
Teenagers are diving into intimate relationships while still learning about the patience, communication, and trust required to make a relationship successful.
Relationships are more likely to fail – and to become abusive – when the dating partners are young, immature, and spontaneous.