4.2 Domestic violence in adolescent relationships


Teenagers experience the same level of domestic violence as adults, but it is still generally thought of as an adult issue. Domestic violence in teenage relationships can be more hidden for many reasons, including the fact that some teenagers may be more acceptant of or dismissive about this form of abuse. Some may not actually conceptualise what is happening to them as being abusive.

Often teenagers slip through the net in terms of service provision as they are not old enough to access mainstream support services and even though teenage domestic violence should still be seen as a child protection issue, it is not always dealt with as such.

This section sets out research evidence about teenage domestic violence from the perspective of both victim and perpetrator. It also makes the links between domestic violence and other key issues such as teenage pregnancy and points to resources developed to promote health relationships among young people.