Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence

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February 10, 2016

This sheet is part of our collection of eleven Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Sheets.

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The vast majority of teens use technology, often under no adult supervision, and as such technological devices have become a vehicle for perpetrating teen dating violence (TDV). Teens use electronic communication to abuse their partners in numerous ways, including establishing the relationship, monitoring a partner’s whereabouts, expressing aggression toward a partner, and reestablishing contact after a violent episode. The widespread prevalence of technology allows abusers to exercise pervasive coercive control over their victims.

This resource explores the role of technology and social media in facilitating teen dating violence and its implications for the court, including the use of electronically stored evidence in TDV cases.


Related Resources

Use of a Social Media in TDV: A Glossary

Use of a Social Media in TDV: A Technology "How-To" Guide for Judges


  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls


National Judicial Education Program
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Cyber Sex Abuse



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