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Domestic violence threatens the lives of teen girls

Experts have long understood that domestic violence is a major cause of death for women in Maryland and across the United States. However, according to a new study, violence perpetrated by former or current romantic partners also poses a significant threat to the lives of teenage girls.

For the study, which was published in JAMA Pediatrics on April 15, researchers analyzed law enforcement and medical examiner records from over 2,000 cases involving the killings of teenagers between 2003 and 2016. They found that nearly 7% of the cases involved victims who had been killed by former or current romantic partners. The average age of those victims was 17 years old, and 90% of them were girls. In comparison, the perpetrator in 80% of the cases was 18 years old or above.

According to the study, firearms were used in 61% of the cases, making them the most common type of weapon used. Meanwhile, the most common trigger for the killings involved the victim either refusing to begin a romantic relationship with the perpetrator or attempting to end a relationship with the perpetrator; this accounted for 27% of the cases. Approximately 25% of the killings occurred during heated arguments between the victim and perpetrator. Researchers also found that jealousy was a common precursor to incidents of domestic violence.

Victims of domestic violence are often subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. It's also common for them to be threatened with a weapon. Individuals who find themselves in a violent situation could turn to a family law attorney for assistance. Legal counsel could carefully review the case and help a victim end the relationship by filing a restraining order.

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