Department of Family Services - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 339
Fairfax, VA 22035

Nannette Bowler,

Teen Dating Violence

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SAFETY ALERT If you are in danger, call or text 911.


Teen dating violence/abuse (TDV) is defined as physical, sexual, or psychological violence/abuse within a close interpersonal relationship. TDV isn't an argument every once in a while, or a bad mood after a bad day. TDV is a pattern of controlling behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend (anyone in a partner relationship). In addition to the risk for injury and death, victims of teen dating violence are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, eating disorders, substance use, and suicidal ideation/attempts. (Adapted from the Virginia Department of Health)

Teen Dating Abuse

Based on 2011 Fairfax County Youth Survey data. Learn about emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in teen dating relationships.

Fairfax County Youth Survey Teen Dating Abuse Fact Sheet


Power and Control Wheels

Power and Control Wheels are helpful tools for understanding the pattern of abusive and violent behaviors in close relationships. Equality Wheels demonstrate behaviors in healthy relationships. Specialized Power and Control Wheels and Equality Wheels have been developed for teens:


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-5730or TTY 711.

Resources for Teens, Parents, and Families

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