Violence in adolescent dating relationships
Dating partners include both casual dates and individuals in long-term dating relationships.
All three forms of abuse — physical, sexual and emotional — can coexist, or the abuse can be characterized by any one of the three.
Dating violence is a significant and widespread social problem.
It is expressed in a range of harmful behaviours — from threats, to emotional maltreatment, to physical and sexual aggression.
Intimate (Patriarchal) Terrorism may be defined as the systematic use of violence and other abusive behaviour to control a partner.
Violence in these types of relationships is generally frequent and escalates to severe violence.
This type of dating violence is also characterized by attempts to isolate and economically subordinate the abused partner.