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Teen Dating Abuse in the Digital Age

Digitizing Abuse is an Urban Institute project studying the role of technology in teen dating abuse and harassment and in teen bullying. Knowing how many teens are affected and how they’ve been victimized can inform strategies to address this problem.

Key Findings
  • 25 percent of dating teens report they’ve been digitally victimized by their partners. Only 9 percent seek help, and rarely from parents or teachers.
  • 84 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also psychologically abused.
  • 52 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also physically abused.
  • 33 percent of digital abuse victims said they were also sexually coerced.  
  • One in six youth report being the victims of cyber bullying, which is abuse and harassment from someone other than a romantic partner.
  • 90 percent of cyber bullying victims said they were also psychologically abused.
  • Two-thirds to three-quarters of cyber bullying victims said they were also physically abused.
  • Victims of cyber bullying were almost three times as likely to also experience digital dating abuse or harassment.
  • LGBTQ youth reported much higher rates of digital dating abuse and cyber bullying than heterosexual youth.

Digitizing Abuse