Physical abuse also includes sexual abuse, which is any sexual contact that you don’t want.

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This finding suggests that adolescents experience TDV in complicated ways and learning healthy communication can be beneficial for both sexes. Learn more about our research at Center for Innovative Public Health Research. Acknowledgments: Thank you to Emilie Chen for her contributions to this blog.

To learn more about how TDV differs between boys and girls, check out our new infographic: This infographic is based on our publication: Ybarra ML, Espelage DL, Langhinrichsen-Rohling J, Korchmaros JD, boyd d. A teen who has the time to not only date, but then also the time to make that an ex, and then has the time and temerity to harass an ex or a date is a teen who doesn't have enough homework, chores, and community obligations, not to mention parental oversight. Probably having affairs, wallowing in hurt about being cheated on, or absorbed in work or pointless pursuits of "self actualization" that they should have completed in college rather partying for four years.

While findings of teen dating violence rates based on gender remain inconsistent, research suggests that girls seem to suffer disproportionately from severe violence in relationships (i.e., physical and sexual assault).

Additionally, data from the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (Nat SCEV) conducted in 2008 found that girls seemed to be more afraid of teen dating violence victimization compared to other types of victimization than boys; in a list of 43 types of victimization, girls ranked teen dating violence 13th while boys ranked it 42nd.

Others include: media depictions of unhealthy relationships, witnessing friends involved in TDV, acceptance of couple's violence, acceptance of strict gender roles, etc.

It can help us learn communication skills and can help us determine what we are looking for in a partner.

This guide and the dating violence quizzes can help you recognize the signs of dating violence, what to do if you are a victim of violence or you’re behaving in a violent way, learn the differences between a healthy relationship and an abusive relationship, learn what might cause a person to be violent in a relationship, and what to do if you or a friend is experience dating violence.

Dating violence can be emotional, physical, or both.

Recent research has also found a relationship between intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion.

A study of women ages 16 to 29 seeking care in five family planning clinics in Northern California found that of 16- to 20-year-old women (42.6 percent of the total sample) over half reported that they had experienced partner violence, 18 percent reported pregnancy coercion, and 12 percent reported birth control sabotage.

In addition, girls aren’t always the victims of dating violence. In fact, sometimes partners commit physical and emotional abuse.