– NSPCC chief executive Andrew Flanagan
Teenage years are difficult at the best of times but a lack of experience in relationships and issues with self-confidence can mean young people feel they have nowhere to turn.
Many victims, as well as perpetrators, come from abusive homes themselves and therefore don't realise how wrong these kind of relationships are.
Victims of domestic violence and abuse aged 16 and 17 will be recognised as victims under Government plans. The Home Office is widening the definition of domestic abuse to include a wider range of coercive or threatening behaviour.