The following percentages of dating teens reported experiencing forms of abuse: An NIJ-funded longitudinal study of 1,162 students in the Midwest examined the prevalence of several kinds of abuse that male and female middle and high school students experienced and perpetrated in teen dating relationships. About one-third of girls and boys (35 percent and 36 percent, respectively) reported experiencing physical violence in a teen dating relationship. Verbal emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse in teen dating relationships for both girls and boys: 73 percent of girls and 66 percent of boys reported experiencing at least one instance of verbal abuse in a dating relationship in high school.

Violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different.

However, in most abusive relationships, the abusive partner does many different things to exert power and control over their partners.

At the same time, cell phones and the Internet are often used as tools for abuse.

These technologies enable quick and constant access which can be a means to impose control and harass others. If you’re experiencing or observing any of the above, get support.

WEAVE identifies various types of domestic violence.

All of these types of abuse are done for the purpose of gaining power and control over the victim.

No matter the gender of either party in a relationship, many dynamics of abuse are the same.

An abusive relationship is fueled by the desire of the abuser to have power and control over their partner.

Help protect yourself and your friends by being aware of the warning signs of abuse in dating relationships.