About Abuse

Information for Teens

Updated: 
December 29, 2015

How does teen dating violence compare to adult domestic violence?

Teen dating violence is similar to adult domestic violence in several ways:

  • Both teen dating violence and adult domestic violence affect people from all socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and religious groups;
  • Both occur in heterosexual relationships as well as LGBTQ relationships;
  • Both tend to show patterns of repeated violence, which escalate over time;
  • Both tend to display violent and abusive behavior interchanged with apologies and promises to change;
  • Both tend to show increased danger for the victim when s/he is trying to terminate the abusive relationship; and
  • Both men and women, or girls and boys, can be the abusers or the victims.