They generally fail to recognize the severity of the abuse.
Forty percent of teenage girls 14 to 17 years old report knowing someone their age who has been hurt or beaten by a boyfriend.
Fifty percent of dating violence victims report the violence to someone else; of these, 88% report the violence to a friend and 20% to criminal justice authorities.
Therefore, teenagers face different roadblocks in their safety planning than adult intimate partner violence survivors.
Safety planning may need to incorporate teachers, school administrators, family members, and friends.
One in five teenage girls is a victim of dating violence.
The highest rates of intimate violence affect women aged 16 to 24 years.Dating violence can occur in heterosexual and homosexual relationships.Statistics indicate that a majority of reported cases of teen dating violence involve male-on-female violence.Although mandatory reporting laws may not apply to lawyers, seeking legal help may be difficult since attorneys may not be able to represent minors who are not emancipated from their legal guardians.Many shelters are not equipped to handle teenage victims of dating violence.Protection orders usually only cover adult relationships.