In fact, statistics show that one-in-three teenagers have experienced teenage domestic violence in a dating relationship.
In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in four adolescents experiences some type of abuse from a partner each year.
Whether it's physical, emotional or sexual, the cycle of abuse stems from immaturity and a desire to control another human being.
Although the patterns and signs of teen dating violence tend to mirror those exhibited in adult abusive relationships, there are some unique issues that teens face.
This white paper examines those unique issues as they relate to the factors that influence teen dating violence, as well as the consequences thereof.
She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
As a result, they are particularly vulnerable to becoming targets of dating abuse.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbians and gay men experience equal or higher levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) as heterosexuals, with bisexual women suffering much higher rates of IPV in comparison to lesbians, gay men and heterosexual women.
about 10 percent of high school students reported experiencing physical or sexual dating violence.
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Dating violence is violence that occurs within a dating relationship rather than, say, marriage; and dating violence is as much a problem for teenagers as it is for adults.