For the purposes of this study, the following groups were defined as follows: Tweens - adolescents age 11-14Teens - adolecents age 15-18Parents - adults with a child age 11-14The survey revealed the following about tween dating violence and abuse: Tweens who have been in a relationship report peer pressure and emotional and physical abuse.
Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Teen dating abuse violence (TDV) is defined as physical, sexual, or psychological violence within a close relationship.
TDV isn’t an argument every once in a while, or a bad mood after a bad day. Table 11 gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss57044 Choose Respect, Causing Pain: Real Stories of Dating Abuse and Violence Video Discussion Guide, 2007.
But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.