This is also an important topic from a gender studies perspective as almost 32% of male adolescents engage in some form of violence, whether sexual, physical or emotional, towards their partners while adolescent violence from females is nearly half of that rate.

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They are also more likely to take IPV more seriously.

By contrast, boys are more likely to report experiencing less severe acts, such as being pinched, slapped, scratched or kicked.

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Teen dating violence can occur between current or former dating partners, in person or electronically.

According to results from the National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence, for 12-18 year olds reporting current or past year dating, 69 percent reported lifetime relationship abuse victimization.

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This month, teens and communities are working together to shed light on the different forms that teen dating abuse can take.

The research has mainly focused on Caucasian youth, and there are yet no studies which focus specifically on IPV in adolescent same-sex romantic relationships.