According to the CDC, dating violence can be classified as physical, emotional or sexual. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, this figure surpasses rates of other types of youth violence.
Virtually 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in one year. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
These include violence carried out by "individuals" as well as "states".
Some of the forms of violence perpetrated by individuals are: rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, reproductive coercion, female infanticide, prenatal sex selection, obstetric violence, and mob violence; as well as harmful customary or traditional practices such as honor killings, dowry violence, female genital mutilation, marriage by abduction and forced marriage.
The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women (1993) states, "violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women, and that violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men." Several forms of violence are more prevalent in certain parts of the world, often in developing countries.
Marriage by abduction is found in Ethiopia, Central Asia and the Caucasus.