In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.They may also feel that they have the right, as a man, to demand sex.
It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.
Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive.
A survey of adolescent and college students revealed that date rape accounted for 67% of sexual assaults and 60% of rapes take place in the victim's home or in that of a friend or relative.
Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.
Part of this may be because of the way teenagers see themselves and because of their newness to dating.