Legal consequences of dating violence
Teens who identify as LGBTQ and those who are racial or ethnic minorities experience more dating violence, as well as all types of violence.
Nearly one in four lesbian, gay and bisexual youth who had been in a dating relationship reported sexual violence in a recent survey.
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This is also true for about 1.5 million male victims.
Dating violence can affect anyone regardless of background, income, identity or gender.
However, females are more often victims, and they have a greater risk of severe injuries and death.
Because violence, including intimate partner violence, is so common and has lifelong implications, the CDC considers it to be a public health priority.
Part of the agency’s mission is to conduct research on the causes and effects of intimate partner violence, and create strategies for prevention.