Intimate partner violence (IPV) in adolescents is an important realm of study as, in addition to the usual negative effects of abuse, this violence occurs at a critical period in the social and mental development of a person.
Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense. Bureau of Justice statistics reports that over 90% of the reported incidents of assaults in FACT: Teen dating violence can be very dangerous – sometimes lethal.
Males are more likely to report they use violence to intimidate, cause fear, or force their girlfriends into doing something. Results of teen dating violence and sexual assault include serious physical harm, emotional damage, sexually transmitted disease, unwanted pregnancy, and death.
Organizations like loveisrespect, Futures without Violence, and Break the Cycle have increased awareness and provided resources for teens.
Congress too has joined the call to end dating abuse by dedicating the month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.
Learn more about the warning signs of abuse and the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.