TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.Like intimate partner violence among adults, TDV occurs without respect to age, race, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.Say that you love me.'"Raped, beaten and berated on a regular basis, she stayed with him, believing the abuse was part of a normal relationship."A Thin Line" MTV's Initiative to Stop Digital Abuse"I knew my aunt went through it so I thought, you know, if she stuck it out with him, with her husband for years, that I should just do the same and keep my mouth shut," she added. The controlling behavior eventually turned violent. Things got so bad that she began skipping classes and avoiding work.When another 15-year old - who did not want to be indentified - met a cute boy in one of her high school classes - she was smitten."We had the same friends, we like the same things. Then he started stalking her."I was always locking my doors," she said. Always looking behind my shoulder to see who it was," she added.
The Nigerian law for example recognizes that an individual below the age of seven is incapable of committing a crime and an individual between seven and twelve years should be able to know what he ought not to do that is if it can be proved he doesn't know and he also isn't criminally responsible for his acts.
Approximately 25 percent of teens report experiencing TDV annually (Noonan & Charles, 2009).
It can include emotional, verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse.
"All I remember was landing face first on the floor," said Tina, 18.
Tina - disguised for her safety - says the violence spiraled out of control during her six-month relationship with her 17-year-old boyfriend.