The ages between 16 -24 are the most susceptible to dating violence.

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Gender based violence is more common in South Africa then any other country in the world.

Not surprisingly then that one third of young girls experience some form of abuse and violence in their first relationships as teens.

Is it possible that many young people are learning violent behaviour from domestic violence they have witnessed in their own homes and in schools?

Fast – paced relationships: I the pace is fast in a relationship , it indicates control.

It is abusive to push someone into something they are not ready for.Persistence: If he won’t take no for an answer, it’s not because he’s smitten.Teen dating violence is any controlling, abusive or aggressive behaviour that occurs in a romantic, dating relationship.The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.Dating violence happens in about 30% of all relationships.Young people ages 12 – 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault.