Types of teenage dating violence
Rates of violence and abuse are similar for teens in same-sex relationships, according to data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Almost a quarter of youth between the ages of 12 and 21 years in same-sex romantic or sexual relationships reported some type of partner violence victimization in the previous eighteen months, and a tenth reported experiencing physical violence by a dating partner.
Prevention: Close to half of adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14 have dated (Liz Claiborne, Inc./Teen Research Unlimited, Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, 2008).
Since dating relationships begin in early adolescence, prevention programs must start with this age group in order to be effective in deterring teen dating violence.
A study of women ages 16 to 29 seeking care in five family planning clinics in Northern California found that of 16- to 20-year-old women (42.6 percent of the total sample) over half reported that they had experienced partner violence, 18 percent reported pregnancy coercion, and 12 percent reported birth control sabotage.
These findings suggest an overlap in reports of partner violence, pregnancy coercion, and birth control sabotage and find a connection between these behaviors and unplanned pregnancies.
Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online.
While findings of teen dating violence rates based on gender remain inconsistent, research suggests that girls seem to suffer disproportionately from severe violence in relationships (i.e., physical and sexual assault).
, ,  Public health professionals and parents can help adolescents build healthy and respectful relationships.
The Children's Safety Network recently presented the first in a series of webinars on the issue of bullying awareness, response, and prevention based on the "Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying and Its Impact on Youth Across the Lifecourse" workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) in April 2014.
Current and former Project Directors from the Defending Childhood Initiative will engage in a conversation about their experiences addressing the multiple forms of violence that impact children and youth while working across and within the many sectors engaged in violence prevention work.
In 2013, one in 10 adolescents reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the previous year.