Why does teen dating violence happen? The risk of having unhealthy relationships increases for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to: Believe that dating violence is acceptable Are depressed, anxious, or have other symptoms of trauma Display aggression towards peers or display other aggressive behaviors Use drugs or illegal substances Engage in early sexual activity and have multiple sexual partners Have a friend involved in teen dating violence Have conflicts with a partner Witness or experience violence in the home Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent. What are the consequences of teen dating violence? Domestic abuse Domestic violence Teen dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects.