Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.Violence against women occurs in 20 percent of dating couples.To end abuse in teen relationships, abusers much be held responsible for their behavior and possess a willingness to change.

Emotional abuse is much harder to recognize, but no less damaging.

At the 2008 Summer Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General, Attorneys General from across the nation passed a resolution encouraging schools to develop teen dating violence awareness curriculum.

4) FALSE Dating violence is a pattern of assaultive and controlling behaviors that one person uses against another in order to gain or maintain power in the relationship.

The abuser intentionally behaves in ways that cause fear, degradation and humiliation to control the other person.

The cause of dating violence is the abuser making the choice to engage in this behavior.

Substance abuse and dating violence are two different issues that need to be addressed separately.But for teenagers, who are just beginning to date and develop romantic relationships, this abuse is especially difficult.When the abuse is physical or sexual, it can be easy to identify.The prosecutor, not the victim, has sole responsibility for deciding whether or not to press charges against the abuser.7) FALSE Abusers make decisions about when they will abuse, how frequently they'll abuse, what the severity will be be, and where the abuse will take place.TRUE or FALSE 2) Girls who stay in abusive relationships have no one to blame but themselves.