Facts on teenage dating abuse
Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been a well examined and documented phenomenon in adults; however, there has not been nearly as much study on violence in adolescent dating relationships, and it is therefore not as well understood.
The research has mainly focused on Caucasian youth, and there are yet no studies which focus specifically on IPV in adolescent same-sex romantic relationships.
Dating violence is when one person purposely hurts or scares someone they are dating.
Girls are more likely to report committing less serious forms of IPV, including as a means of self-defense, whereas boys are more likely to report committing more severe acts of IPV, including threats, physical violence and controlling a partner.FACT: Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that 1 in 5 teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner FACT: Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.You may think that behaviors like calling you names or insisting on seeing you all the time are a "normal" part of relationships.But they can lead to more serious kinds of abuse, like hitting, stalking, or preventing you from using birth control.
However, LGBTQ youth are even less likely than heterosexual youth to tell anyone or seek help, and there are fewer resources for these teens.