Every year, about 1.5 million high school students across the country experience physical abuse from a dating partner. Fairfax County isn’t exempt from this problem. The 2016-2017 Fairfax County Youth Survey* found that more than 28 percent of teens in the county have experienced dating aggression. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming statistics, advocates join efforts every February to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.
Teen Dating Violence
Defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, teen dating violence (TDV) can take different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, financial, and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.
Although the dynamics of TDV are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of TDV, as well as the challenges in seeking and providing services, make the problem of TDV unique.
Fairfax County is sponsoring a series of events to mark Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month because #LoveShouldntHurt.