Rellini found that the more severe the childhood abuse was that the women experienced, the more unsatisfied they were in their adult relationships.This was true with respect to general and sexual relationship satisfaction.Dating violence crosses all racial, age, economic and social lines.The Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness describes dating abuse as a "pattern of abusive and coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a former or current intimate partner." Individuals of all walks of life can find themselves in an abusive relationship.Children who have been victims of maltreatment can develop emotion regulation problems that affect many areas of their lives.
There are, however, many traits that abusers and victims share in common.
The Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence describes abusers as being obsessively jealous and possessive, overly confident, having mood swings or a history of violence or temper, seeking to isolate their partner from family, friends and colleagues, and having a tendency to blame external stressors.
Meanwhile, victims of relationship abuse share many traits as well, including: physical signs of injury, missing time at work or school, slipping performance at work or school, changes in mood or personality, increased use of drugs or alcohol, and increasing isolation from friends and family.
However, young women can be violent, and young men can also be victims.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered teens are also equally at risk.