Even when teens recognize that they are being abused, they may hesitate to turn to adults for support, understanding, and protection.
In a 2014 survey, 20% of teens report they've been the victim or perpetrator of physical or sexual abuse.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
Teen dating violence is a pattern of actions or threats of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse by a teen (between the ages of 13 and 18) against a current or former dating partner.
Any of these and more can be part of teen dating violence: Abusive teens use these kinds of behavior to keep power and control over a dating partner.
When they do seek help, they most commonly seek help from their friends.
Very few teens seek formal help from an adult service provider.
An NIJ-funded study of teens from 10 middle schools and high schools throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania examined help-seeking rates among teens.