It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner.
Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence.
Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
There is considerable debate over whether we as a society have an accurate picture of the prevalence and severity of teen dating violence by gender.
It is important to note that although male and female adolescents do not differ in "overall frequency of violence in dating relationships," females are subject to "significantly higher levels of severe violence".
Girls are more likely to report committing less serious forms of IPV, including as a means of self-defense, whereas boys are more likely to report committing more severe acts of IPV, including threats, physical violence and controlling a partner.
Other research indicates that boys who have been abused in childhood by a family member are more prone to IPV perpetration, while girls who have been abused in childhood by a family member are prone to lack empathy and self-efficacy; but the risks for the likelihood of IPV perpetration and victimization among adolescents vary and are not well understood.
Examples of effective interventions addressing interpersonal violence include reducing alcohol availability, home visitations, training for parents, life skills training, preschool enrichment and school-based programmes to prevent Como ejemplos de intervenciones eficaces contra la violencia interpersonal cabe citar la reducción de la disponibilidad de bebidas alcohólicas, las visitas a los hogares, la formación para progenitores, la instrucción práctica para la vida, los programas de enriquecimiento preescolar y los programas de base escolar para prevenir la violencia en las citas.