How to help victims of dating violence

The pattern was also corroborated by girls' reports: They commonly admitted to being perpetrators.

"To the average person, this is probably surprising," said Monica Swahn, a professor of epidemiology at Georgia State University who has studied dating violence. girls are far more often the victims of dating violence than boys -- particularly in terms of physical injuries. "One potential reason is that we looked at a high-risk population, and not a nationally representative sample," Reidy said.

Overall, almost 11 percent of boys said they'd been physically abused by a dating partner at least three times.This content has not been reviewed within the past year and may not represent Web MD's most up-to-date information. The study focused on teens considered to be at high risk for dating violence -- those who had suffered or witnessed violence at home or in their neighborhoods.To find the most current information, please enter your topic of interest into our search box. 29, 2016 (Health Day News) -- Contrary to what many people may think, teenage boys commonly suffer dating violence -- including physical and emotional abuse, a new U. It turned out that boys were about as likely as girls to say they'd been victims of some form of dating violence."I'd be cautious about interpreting the age-related findings," she said."You need to follow the same kids over time to see whether their behavior changes." Reidy said more research is needed to confirm the current findings, which were published online Jan. But for now, he said, adults need to be aware that dating violence affects girls and boys -- and it starts at an early age.

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