Experts fear teen dating violence is on the rise

Adriana Barba has seen it happen to her girl friends. And it often starts in subtle form by a controlling boyfriend.

"First it starts with where are you? Why are you with him? Why are you at a party, what are you wearing?" said Barba. The Ridgeview High Senior is talking about signs of an abusive relationship.

"It started little and then it ended up with a push against a locker," said Barba.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. A day long conference held by the Domestic Violence Awareness Council focused on Teen Dating Violence: Breaking the Cycle.

"There's a lot of pressure...a lot of peer pressure with sex, drugs and alcohol and sometimes issues like this will be overlooked," said Ridgeview High Senior Drake Marshall.

"It's actually very prevalent, it's scary to admit how often it occurs," said fellow student Jacob Yohn.

In 2006, the Department of Justice reported 134 murders in California were the result of intimate partners killing their significant other. And one-third of all high school and college students will have been in an abusive relationship by the time they graduate.

Compounding the issue is victims are often reluctant to get help to get out of an abusive relationship. But there is help.

Teens or anyone caught in an abusive relationship can call the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. The 24 hour hot line number is (661) 327-1091 or toll free at 1-800-273-7713.