Teen dating violence has serious consequences for victims and their schools. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Witnessing violence has been associated with decreased school attendance and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It can be confusing, especially to teens, what constitutes an unhealthy relationship,” said Dr. “Teens may believe that physical violence, like hitting or kicking, is the singular characteristic of abuse, but it is much more complex.” Like domestic violence — which is any physical, emotional or sexual abuse that happens in a personal relationship — teens from all walks of life are susceptible to dating and relationship violence.More than one fourth of the boys with girlfriends said they had been physically aggressive (punching, slapping) with her. Although all victims of gender-based violence are affected negatively, research reveals that female victims of dating violence often experience more severe and longer-lasting consequences than do male victims. Other research indicates that boys who have been abused in childhood by a family member are more prone to IPV perpetration, while girls who have been abused in childhood by a family member are prone to lack empathy and self-efficacy; but the risks for the likelihood of IPV perpetration and victimization among adolescents vary and are not well understood.There is a common misconception that aggression is stable over time.