But boys tend to start the violence more often and use greater force.Abusive relationships have good times and bad times.If you're not sure, see Signs of Domestic Violence.
Teens who abuse their girlfriends or boyfriends do the same things as adults who abuse their partners.
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.
Breakup violence among teens is a crime that has no zip code. A relationship ends and what happens is an emotional surge of uncontrollable anger.
It can be verbal or physical and sometimes, as in the case of Wayland, Mass., teen Lauren Astley, it can end in death. Researchers estimate that one in three young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 has experienced some form of dating violence.
“Of teenagers who are in abusive relationships, 3 percent will tell an authority figure, 6 percent will tell a family member, but 75 percent will tell a friend - that’s why we focus on kids,” former Middlesex County, Mass., District Attorney Gerry Leone tells “48 Hours”.