In most cases the relationship between risk factors and teen dating violence listed below represent correlations, but not necessarily causality.
There are also risk factors that contribute to the likelihood of a teen becoming a perpetrator of dating violence.
Most obvious is the greater physical harm that can be inflicted by male violence due to males' often greater size and strength.
Forms of this abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and psychological.
Question #2: Why do you think abuse occurs in some teenage dating relationships?
Clearly the prevention of dating violence requires a commitment (both financial and otherwise) with the goal of establishing a consistent, coordinated, and integrated approach in every school and community.
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Although there are methodological problems accurately determining prevalence rates, a conservative estimate is that one in three adolescents has experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship (Avery-Leaf, Cascardi, O'Leary, & Cano, 1997).