Teens are exposed to violence in many different ways.
While considerable attention has been focused on community and gang violence, a significant number of teens are exposed to domestic violence and/or are victims of abuse in their own home.
According to a national survey of high school students, nearly one in five female teens (17%) and nearly one in 10 male teens (9%) has experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence (Ackard et al, 2003).
Equally disturbing is the fact that approximately one-half of the students who were experiencing dating abuse also reported that they were still in the relationship because they feared physical harm if they tried to get out of it.
An increasing number of today’s teens have experienced bullying, cyber bullying (bullying via cell phones and the Internet), and aggressive behavior from their peers.