One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to: Domestic violence programs struggle to meet the overwhelming need of shelter beds, legal services and representation, case management, and community education. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults, and the media. Why does teen dating violence happen?