Survey Finds Parents Unaware of Dating Violence
A recent survey reveals some disturbing findings about teenage dating: teens ages 14 to 17 are experiencing dating violence and parents are almost completely oblivious to the problem. The national survey of 477 teens ages 14-17 and 456 parents of teens with at least one child in the same age group was conducted from in December 2000 and was commissioned by the Empower Program and sponsored by CAEPV member Liz Claiborne Inc,

The survey found that:

The survey also examined the other social impacts of teen dating violence, including social control. Findings included:

These findings are even more troubling given that while parents have some awareness of other teen behaviors like verbal insults and attempts at intimidation, only 8% of parents know of any students at their child's school who have been physically struck by someone they were dating.

"The results of our survey provide the evidence as well as a call-to-action that dating violence needs more attention in order to ensure the safety of our youth," said Jane Randel, director of corporate communications at Liz Claiborne Inc. "Parents, teachers and school administrators need to recognize that they have the ability to end relationship violence for future generations by communicating with teens now."

Last year, Liz Claiborne created a free educational handbook for teens entitled, "What You Need to Know About Dating Violence: A Teen's Handbook." The handbook and an interactive quiz are also available at