TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.
Like intimate partner violence among adults, TDV occurs without respect to age, race, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.
Most of the teens surveyed reported experiencing such violence more than one time.
The findings also showed that those who experienced some form of dating violence also had a higher prevalence of other health risks like drinking alcohol, using drugs or thinking about suicide.
Despite such high statistics, many researchers, parents, teachers and activists report that dating violence is often a silent crime that goes undetected and underreported.
"I think at least part of the answer to this communication dilemma can be answered by parents in the form of improved education," Cook wrote.
For boys, about 4% reported experiencing physical violence, 3% experienced sexual violence and 10% experienced any type.In most cases of TDV, violence is used to get another to do what he/she wants, to gain power and control, to cause humiliation and to promote fear, and to retaliate against a partner (Foshee & Langwick, 2010).An article published by the National Institute of Justice discusses current research on TDV and concludes that there are three key differences between adult and teen dating relationships: Because the dynamics of intimate partner abuse are different in adolescent and adult relationships, it is important not to apply an adult framework of intimate partner violence to teen dating violence. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reject the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.Though girls were more likely to experience violence, the numbers show dating assaults affect young boys as well.The new CDC survey adds to its prior research into the prevalence of dating violence, but the latest version asked updated questions that include sexual violence and more accurately portray violent behaviors, the study authors say.