Many domestic abusers report having been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused as a child or teenager.
Most participants reported that they text/texted their current or most recent dating partner frequently.
Understanding what teen dating violence is, why it happens, and what it means for those involved is an important first step in prevention.
Teen dating violence “includes physical, psychological or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship.” Teen dating violence can be done in person or, with the explosion of social media and telecommunication, electronically.
The study, which will appear in the , involved 703 Midwest high school students who reported the frequency of digital dating abuse, if they were upset by the “most recent” incidents, and how they responded.
Students completed the surveys between December 2013 and March 2014.
Teens involved in unhealthy or abusive relationships are more likely to suffer from debilitating or limiting long-term consequences.