A lack of longitudinal data and a reliance on self-report data limits the causal connections that can be made between risk factors and teen dating violence.In most cases the relationship between risk factors and teen dating violence listed below represent correlations, but not necessarily causality.The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. Persons with certain risk factors are more likely to become perpetrators or victims of intimate partner violence (IPV).A combination of individual, relational, community, and societal factors contribute to the risk of becoming an IPV perpetrator or victim.Understanding these multilevel factors can help identify various opportunities for prevention.Multiple risk factors and protective factors may be at play within a relationship.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.Lastly, victims are not always girls, girls and boys have been victims of abuse, just like boys and girls can also both be perpetrators. Nowadays, abuse in teen relationships seems to be mutual.If one is hitting or scratching, then another maybe doing the same, whether for vengeance or self-protection.One out of every three teenagers experience dating violence of some kind, whether it is physical or emotional, yet only a third of those victims have shared their experience or tried to get help.The main grades where the abuse is most prevalent are junior high and high school years.