Teenage dating violence
Studies show that there is a link between drug and alcohol abuse and teen dating violence.
Breakups or jealousy precipitated more than a quarter of the homicides, researchers found, and a majority of the deaths involved guns (which are also a major factor in the number of adult women killed by their partners).
“These relationships set the stage for future relationships,” Adhia said, adding that this abuse could lead to long-lasting emotional scars like anxiety, depression, substance use, antisocial behavior, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Children should also know they have “safe adults” (parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches) to rely on during hard times, Bair-Merritt said.
“Safe relationships with adults buffer from stressors,” she said.
The average age of girls killed was 17, while their partners were, on average, 21.
The fact that teenagers are grappling with intimate partner violence might be surprising, but it’s actually incredibly common. “That translates to a huge number of adolescents,” said Adhia, a researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
All teens who are involved in abusive relationships are more likely to abuse prescription opioid medications.