Intimate partner violence (IPV) in adolescents is an important realm of study as, in addition to the usual negative effects of abuse, this violence occurs at a critical period in the social and mental development of a person.
This is also an important topic from a gender studies perspective as almost 32% of male adolescents engage in some form of violence, whether sexual, physical or emotional, towards their partners while adolescent violence from females is nearly half of that rate.
In 2010, Florida passed legislation intended to promote youth education related to teen dating violence and to support teen survivors of dating violence.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences and short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen.
Statistics show 85% of intimate partner violence occurs toward women, and 15% toward men.
1 in 4 women in America are likely to be victims of severe intimate partner violence, over 4 million women a year experience this kind of abuse, and every day 3 women are killed due to domestic violence. 33% of adolescents in America are victims of sexual, physical, verbal or emotional dating abuse.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.