As details about the relationship trickled out, there were fights over phones that contained a troubling electronic trail.
Teens may often feel pressured to present a certain image to their violent friends, which can sometimes become the cause of teen dating violence, notes the CDC.
A teenager who hangs out with a tough group of friends may feel as though he needs to make an example of how well he can control his girlfriend by humiliating her or physically abusing her in front of friends.
Because of their inexperience, dating abuse can be seen as acceptable with nothing else to compare the behavior to, notes the Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
When two teens who have no experience in relationships begin spending time with each other, they begin to form their own definition of what is acceptable.
She then goes on to perpetuate the cycle by allowing it to occur within her own relationship or abusing her partner in a variety of ways.