One factor, such as exposure to parental violence is a major risk factor that puts adolescents at high risk for dating violence later in life. There have been hypotheses that children who are exposed to interparental violence are at greater risk for being victims or perpetrators of violence in romantic relationships during adolescence. To reduce the risk of dating violence victimization, the healthcare community needs to implement more evidence-based youth dating violence and sexual assault prevention programs to reach the adolescent target audience. Similarly, more programs need to address marital and parenting programs that can reduce the incidence of parental violence, as well as produce broader benefits by improving the parenting of all who participate. This is an essential step in the development of a comprehensive public health prevention initiative to end teen dating violence as behaviors are molded in the home. Clinicians also need to participate and contribute to this effort in order to construct the consistent and effective prevention techniques needed to decrease violence in the home, stigma involved around communication, increase communication skills, and protect the health of high risk adolescents and their parents. More provisions need to be set in the community to discuss the importance of safe family environments. Empowering people to have the ability to feel safe in a relationship and share this knowledge with their child is vital for developing future relationships, both romantically and casually. Continued robust research efforts are important to understand the role of repairing relationships and how exposed children recover and carry this into future relationships.
Ignoring this problem will never make it go away. Any type of violence is abuse, regardless of whether its male or female perpetrated. We need to set an example and raise awareness if we want to see healthy relationships for future generations.