Teen dating violence is a serious public health issue.

Teens in abusive relationships are more likely to do poorly in school, binge drink, abuse substances and attempt suicide.

The National Institute of Health reports that women who experience domestic violence during pregnancy are significantly less attached to their infants postpartum.

An estimated 3.3 million to 10 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year.

Studies show that in many cases children who live in violent households fall victim to abuse.

Those infants are much more likely to display a difficult and distressed temperament.

This damaged mother-child relationship puts the child at risk for psychological and behavioral problems in later years, especially the teenage years.

When dating violence goes unnamed, unaddressed and unreported, it often escalates and leads to serious lifelong consequences and health concerns.

For example, teens who are victims of dating abuse are more likely to be depressed, have eating disorders and perform poorly in school.

However, the issue has enormous implications not only for individual victims, but also for children who witness the violence happening, yet have little power to stop it.