Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.
A 2001 study of high school students conducted by Harvard University found that one in five teenage girls had been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
A link exists between teen dating and substance abuse, according to a 2004 study conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
The study found that teenagers who spend 25 or more hours a week with a girlfriend or boyfriend are more likely to abuse substances.
Teenagers are diving into intimate relationships while still learning about the patience, communication, and trust required to make a relationship successful.