Question: Is it common for teens to be victims of dating violence?

Teen dating violence is common. 26% of women and 15% of men who were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these or other forms of violence by that partner before age 18.

Why is teen dating violence so common?

The most common reasons were the victim breaking up with the perpetrator or refusing to start a relationship with them. That accounted for 27 percent of cases. The perpetrators jealousy was also included in this group. Previous research shows that jealousy is a common issue in teen relationships, Capaldi says.

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