youth violence

Youth violence includes various behaviors. Some violent acts—such as bullying, slapping, or hitting—can cause more emotional harm than physical harm. Others, such as robbery, assault, or rape, can lead to serious injury and even death. The young person can be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence.

INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE: use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person or against a group or community that results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation" (Dahlberg and Krug 2002).



Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is when one person in a dating relationship physically, sexually, or; emotionally hurts, scares or intimidates the person they are dating.  Some examples of TDV are:

  • Put downs
  • Gossiping or turning friends against you
  • Telling friends or parents private or embarrassing things about you
  • Harassing you by texting you things like, "Where are you?  Who are you talking to?  What are you wearing?"  and making you feel scared that if you don't answer the texts, then something bad will happen.
  • Checking up on you  or stalking you through monitoring your MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, texts or emails
  • Forcing you to do things you don't feel comfortable with, like sending pictures of yourself by text, having unprotected sex, or drinking
  • Threatening to hurt you or themselves if you don't do what they want you to do