In the Media

New face of abuse: one in five girls hit by boyfriend

PUBLISHED March 21, 2005

Nearly one in five teenage girls has been hit by a boyfriend and a third have experienced domestic abuse at home, research has found. There is also a clear correlation between girls who have been hit by their parents and those hit by a boyfriend.

The survey of 2,000 girls, with an average age of 15, also revealed a high level of acceptance of violence among teenagers, with more than 40 per cent saying they would "consider giving a boy a second chance" if he hit them.