1 in 3 Young Americans Has Suffered Dating Violence: Survey

By Randy Dotinga

 More than one-third of U.S. teens and young adults say they’ve suffered abuse during dating and about one-third say they’ve been perpetrators of abuse, new research finds. About one-quarter say they’ve been both an abuser and a victim.

It’s not clear how the research defines dating violence beyond the categories of psychological, physical and sexual. However, the study, based on national surveys from 2011 and 2012, reveals that problems of abuse that face adolescents aren’t receding, said Emily Rothman, an associate professor at Boston University School of Public Health who is familiar with the findings.

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