Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.The dynamics of power and control in a teen dating relationship can be just as dangerous as those found in an adult relationship.Due to the age of the parties involved, teens may face barriers that prevent them from getting the support and resources they need to be safer in their relationships.So parents have to be on guard and become familiar with what's going on," said Rania Mankarious, executive director of Crime Stoppers of Houston.Mankarious says there are many smartphone apps parents need to be aware of.
We have their passwords so we can see what they're doing," Dean said. "We realize that kids are not 1, but 10 steps ahead of their parents in terms of technology.Twitter and Snapchat may help teenagers stay in constant contact with friends, but too much time on social media could limit opportunities to develop the kind of in-person skills they’ll need later for dating.“With electronic communications, there are fewer interpersonal cues,” says Jacqueline Nesi, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Too Common Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.Then they assessed their levels of competence in two primary relationship skills: managing conflict and asserting their needs.