Teen dating violence appears to parallel violence in adult relationships in that it exists on a continuum ranging from verbal abuse to rape and murder (Sousa, 1999).
Teen victims may be especially vulnerable due to their inexperience in dating relationships, their susceptibility to peer pressure and their reluctance to tell an adult about the abuse (Cohall, 1999).
In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
The research has mainly focused on Caucasian youth, and there are yet no studies which focus specifically on IPV in adolescent same-sex romantic relationships.
Emotional abuse is commonly present alongside the physical abuse or sexual abuse that takes place.
Sexual violence in dating relationships is also a major concern.
Part of this may be because of the way teenagers see themselves and because of their newness to dating.
According to The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence, young men and women may have certain beliefs that lead to higher incidence of dating violence.