Recognizing that the person you love is controlling, abusive or violent is hard even for adults.
Even when teens recognize that they are being abused, they may hesitate to turn to adults for support, understanding, and protection.
In a 2014 survey, 20% of teens report they've been the victim or perpetrator of physical or sexual abuse.
60% say that psychological abuse has occurred in their relationships.
However, teens use a range of terms to characterize their romantic relationships; common terms include—hanging out, hooking up, going out, crushing, flirting, seeing, etc.Although transgender youth were under-sampled in the study, these figures are still alarming.LGB youth also showed significantly higher rates of dating violence compared to non-LGB youth.Sometimes abusers use technology—texting, calls, instant messages, or social networking sites—to check up on a partner and try to control their behavior.TDV may include sexual violence including any kind of unwanted or forced sexual contact.