New data released today from the Liz Claiborne company and the Family Violence Prevention Fund indicate that there's been an increase in teen dating violence of late - probably due to the downturn in the economy.
According to the survey, 47 percent of teens say that a boyfriend or a girlfriend have exhibited some kind of controlling behavior toward them. That's an astounding figure.
And nearly one in three teens who were surveyed say their dates have gone further, by threatening them or physically abusing them.
One of the new problems involving this kind of intimidation involves new technologies, like the Internet and text messaging, which are being increasingly used by teens to control or demonize the people they've dated.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on the problem. Sadly, only three states have programs to educate teens about abusive relationships.