Peers Affect Teen Dating Violence
Approximately 9 percent of high school students report being physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year. Research shows that teens shape each other’s experiences of what is considered normal and acceptable in teen romantic relationships. Depending on the context, peers can contribute to the risk of dating violence or protect against it. In the latest NIJ Research in Brief, authors explore how peers can hinder or encourage help-seeking behavior.
Read the Research in Brief.