Teen Love Shouldn't Hurt

Has your girlfriend or boyfriend hit, slapped, or physically hurt you on purpose one or more times in the past 12 months? Around seven in 100 Knox County high school teens answered "yes" to that question in a 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 760. Such dating violence has prompted a month-long public awareness campaign from the Knox County Health Department (KCHD), with the message "Say No to Control." More stats from the survey:

"Yes" response in Knox County high school students who had been physically hurt by boyfriend/girlfriend in the past year/2007:

  • Males 7.9 percent
  • Females 7.0 percent
  • Used marijuana in the past 30 days:
16.% **
  • Did not use marijuana in the past 30 days: 5.2%
  • Used alcohol in the past 30 days: 14.7%
  • Did not use alcohol in the past 30 days: 4.3% **
  • Used tobacco in the past 30 days: 12.5%
  • Did not use tobacco in the past 30 days: 5.3%

** Values have questionable reliability due to low response numbers. Interpret with caution.

Source: Knox County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2007. Victims and their friends can both seek advice, resources and referrals from the 24-hour Family Violence Helpline, 865-215-5061.