The abuse can happen over time and may continue to get worse.Dating abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender, race, class, education level, or religion. Abuse happens in all kinds of dating relationships to all types of teens.
Dating abuse puts adolescent and young adult victims at a higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and domestic violence later on in their lives. high schools lack training or guidelines for counselors in dealing with dating violence, according to a study released by Ball State University last year.
This article is the final part of our four-part series on teen and young-adult relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking, which often overlap in unhealthy relationships.
To read our first installment on stalking, click here.
Those with disabilities and same-sex partners, as well as tweens (kids age 11-14), homeless youth and teens with/or expecting children, however, can be at greater risk.
More than 1 in 5 young people with disabilities between the ages of 12 and 19 reports experiencing violence, such as physical abuse, rape or sexual assault from a stranger or partner: This is more twice the rate of youth without a disability.
Our second installment on sexual violence prevention can be found here, and our third installment on sexual assault investigations can be found here.