The levels of violence, which teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds face in their partner relationships, are much higher than previously assumed, a new study has suggested.
The University of Bristol research showed young offenders or teenage mothers, who are not in mainstream education, often indulge in such violence.
"Tragically, control and violence seem to be so prevalent in these relationships that girls are unable to recognise its impact - it is an everyday happening. Many girls found it very difficult to see that their partner's behaviour is abusive," said Christine Barter, lead author and Senior Research Fellow from the University's School for Policy Studies.
The study included 82 boys and girls aged 13-18 for the NSPCC-funded research entitled 'Standing on my own two feet', which emphasised on the need to address the problem being highlighted by the Home Office's teen violence campaign.
During the interviews, while more than half of the girls said that they had been in a sexually violent relationship before they were 18, over half of the girls reported that they had been a victim of physical violence in at least one of their intimate relationships.
One third of the boys revealed that they had dated physically aggressive partners.