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.
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.
In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.
Emotional abuse is commonly present alongside the physical abuse or sexual abuse that takes place.
Sexual violence in dating relationships is also a major concern.
A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.
According to The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, young men and women may have certain beliefs that lead to higher incidence of dating violence.
For example, teenage men may believe: And while all of those beliefs can also be seen in adults, they are likely more prevalent in teens.
There are many warning signs of dating abuse and they should always be taken seriously.
A pattern does not have to occur for it to be considered dating violence – one incidence of violence is abuse and it is one too many.
Warning signs of dating violence are similar to those seen in adults.
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.