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Prevention: Close to half of adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14 have dated (Liz Claiborne, Inc./Teen Research Unlimited, Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study, 2008).Since dating relationships begin in early adolescence, prevention programs must start with this age group in order to be effective in deterring teen dating violence."I point that out to let teens know the magnitude of it.They think teen dating violence has to include physical abuse."But the YWCA youth advocate doesn't need a national statistic to prove her point. This program listens to the experiences of four girls and one boy who vividly describe their experiences and offer advice on what to do if you are being abused and how/where to get help.

Of note however, while research has indicated that females "are as likely to be a perpetrator as a victim of violence" according to the APA, there's not enough data to clarify or confirm this statistic.

Youth in high school (grades nine through twelve), found that of those they knew that had been in a relationship over the course of one year, 1 in 10 had encountered TDV.

Similar to Adult Domestic Violence (ADV), females consistently and disproportionately represent survivors, with young women between the ages of 16-24, THREE TIMES more likely to encounter abuse.

It was, and is, very sad to me that while these children are supposed to be focusing on the challenge of adolescence, they were instead grappling with the violence caused by their partners.

(Throughout this article the pronoun “she” is used, although victims of teen dating violence can be both male and female.