Facts on dating abuse
Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.
Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.
In heterosexual relationships, most abuse happens to women by their male partners.
Still, guessing its actual incidence is difficult since so many date rapes go unreported.
Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. One study found that only 6% of girls and 11% of boys told anyone about the abuse that they experienced (O'Keefe and Treister, 1998).