Several studies have found that about 20-30% of teens have experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship. When verbal and emotional violence are included, percentages are much higher. Dynamics The abusive behaviors that occur in teen dating violence are similar to those that occur in adult domestic violence, but teen dating violence has unique dynamics.
Estimates of how many teens experience violence in dating relationships range from 9-82%, depending on whether all forms of dating violence or only incidents of physical violence are counted.
This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure or wound someone.
Dating/Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation, social economics, education, age, religion, etc.
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Prevalence of Partner Violence in Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships in a National Sample of Adolescents.