And, while your teen needs you more than ever to help them through this challenging time, they are also seeking independence and turning to peers.
In fact, statistics show that one-in-three teenagers have experienced teenage domestic violence in a dating relationship.
Teens who abuse their girlfriends or boyfriends do the same things as adults who abuse their partners.
Teen dating violence is just as serious as adult domestic violence. In adult domestic violence, women are more often the victim.
Building off a long history of research in the area of intimate partner violence, NIJ is now looking to relationships during adolescence to understand the factors that put individuals at risk for involvement in abusive romantic relationships as adults.
This effort began with a series of workshops in 20 that culminated in the development and coordination of a federal interagency workgroup. NIJ has also funded research examining the nature, characteristics and extent of dating violence; risk and protective factors; long-term and short-term outcomes; and systematic evaluations of teen dating violence prevention and intervention programs, policies and legislation.