Dating violence can occur in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.
The effects of dating violence can last a lifetime, particularly for those who are victims of the abuse in their teens and young adult years.
Dating violence occurs in the intimate relationships of persons in a range of ages, from the preteen years through adulthood.
They generally fail to recognize the severity of the abuse.
Adding to this problem is the fact that teenagers themselves sometimes mislabel the abuse as “passionate love.” Some teens may blame themselves for the abuse.
Forty percent of teenage girls 14 to 17 years old report knowing someone their age who has been hurt or beaten by a boyfriend.
Fifty percent of dating violence victims report the violence to someone else; of these, 88% report the violence to a friend and 20% to criminal justice authorities.
Most state laws require teens to obtain parental consent to services and mandate agencies and certain professionals to report any abuse that comes to their attention.
Therefore, many teenagers are hesitant to share what is happening in their relationship with service providers, such as teachers and doctors.
Even famous people can be victims of dating violence.
Dating violence is a real issue and needs to be addressed in all schools and workplaces across the nation.
They may feel that others are judging them and the relationship.