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The CDC defines teen dating violence (TDV) as physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking.[13] Watch the video below to learn more about TDV.

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Risks of unhealthy relationships

Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who:

  • believe it is okay to use threats or violence to get their way
  • use alcohol or drugs
  • can't manage anager or frustration
  • hang out with violent peers
  • have multiple sexual partners
  • have a friend involved in dating violence
  • are depressed or anxious
  • have learning difficulties and other problems at school
  • don't have parental supervision and support
  • witness violence at home or in the community
  • or have a history of aggressive behavior or bullying