Summary of State Laws on Teen Date Violence

The National Conference of State Legislatures has a website: Summary of State Laws on Teen Dating Violence which includes legislation introduced in 2009 and information about state laws.

1 in 11 adolescents say they have been the victim of physical dating violence; a separate survey indicated that 1 in 4 teens self-report physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse every year.

Healthy or unhealthy relationship habits develop early.  Approximately 72 percent of 8th and 9th graders report “dating.”  By the time these students get to high school, more than half of them say they see dating violence among their peers.   Destructive relationships during the teen years can lead to life-long unhealthy relationship practices, may disrupt normal development, and can contribute to other unhealthy behaviors in teens that, if left unchecked, can lead to problems over a lifetime.  The CDC’s 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey indicates that adolescents who report being physically hurt in a dating relationship were also more likely to report that they engage in risky sexual behavior, binge drink, use drugs, attempt suicide, and participate in physical fights.

Summary of State Laws on Teen Dating Violence

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