Teen Dating Violence
Oklahoma students are at least twice as likely than their fellow students across the country to be physically abused by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
In a study conducted in 2000 by the Prevention Division of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, high school students were asked: "In the past 12 months, did your boyfriend or girlfriend ever hit, slap or physically hurt you on purpose?" Nationally, 8.8% of students answered 'yes'; however, in Oklahoma, a shocking 19% answered 'yes'. Among ninth-graders alone, the national average to the same question was 7.9%, while the average for Oklahoma's ninth-graders was over three times the national average: 25.7%.
The information in this section is aimed at helping teens identify, prevent, and stop violence in their relationships.
Dating violence is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment of a dating partner for the purpose of gaining control and power over that person.
Be Informed. Get Help.
Are you interested in having a DVIS staff member speak to your classroom, youth or community group about teen dating violence? Presentations are free, informative and offered in English or Spanish. Call us at 918.508.2712 or e-mail email@example.com.
Do you need help? Call our 24-hour crisis line at 918.743.5763. You can also call the Safeline at 1.800.522.7233 and the Teenline at 1.800.522.8336.