Research reveals intimate partner violence with teens as young as 13

Research published by the SA Medical Journal has revealed that intimate partner violence starts as early as the age of 13.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to independent consultant for the prevention of intimate partner violence, Anika Gevers, about the issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

It's not surprising but still very concerning. We know that adolescents experience different types of violence in their relationships at an early age.

Anika Gevers, consultant for prevention of intimate partner violence

What we've been able to see is that there are several factors, the picture is quite complex. There isn't one single cause for adolescents becoming perpetrators of intimate partner violence.

Anika Gevers, consultant for prevention of intimate partner violence

Childhood adversity (particularly emotional abuse as well as physical or sexual violence) and witnessing violence at home are factors that put somebody at risk.

Anika Gevers, consultant for prevention of intimate partner violence

This works in a patriarchal ideology where men should look and be a certain way and similarly for women.

Anika Gevers, consultant for prevention of intimate partner violence

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