For many teenagers, the experience of their boyfriend or girlfriend hitting them, swearing at them or monitoring their every move has no name. If no one in a teen's support network -- including friends, peers, teachers and parents -- is able to recognize signs of dating violence or support a teen who tries to reach out for help, violence can escalate, threatening a teen's health, academic performance, and emotional well-being.
Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for ground-breaking education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world.
The study found that teenagers who spend 25 or more hours a week with a girlfriend or boyfriend are more likely to abuse substances.
Compared to teens who spend less than 10 hours a week with a girlfriend or boyfriend, these teens are two and a half times more likely to drink, five times more likely to get drunk, four and a half times more likely to try marijuana and two and a half times more likely to smoke.
It can occur between a current or former dating partner.
It can also be called things like relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, dating abuse, domestic violence or domestic abuse.