Regardless of gender, dating violence can lead to many problems that extend far beyond the immediate physical abuse.
Victims often have low self-esteem, depression, learning difficulties, suicidal thoughts, and unhealthy weight control behaviors.
The link between adolescent and adult dating violence suggests that if we want to decrease domestic abuse and battery, interventions need to target the young.
Preventative measures and education need to be started in early middle school and focus on both genders, not just males.
Research has demonstrated that adolescents’ risk of abusive relationships increases for teenagers who engage in sexual activities at an early age believe dating violence is acceptable, and have conflicts with their partner. Many studies of heterosexual couples have shown that men are normally the perpetrators of dating violence and that women are primarily the victims.