The death of a 16 year-old girl, shot and killed by her 17 year-old boyfriend in Oakland, California, epitomizes the potential of interpersonal violence to escalate to a tragic extreme (Contra Costa Times, 2008). This Focus attempts to bring to light various aspects of a little-studied issue of critical importance, especially to youth.

The death of a 16 year-old girl, shot and killed by her 17 year-old boyfriend in Oakland, California, epitomizes the potential of interpersonal violence to escalate to a tragic extreme (Contra Costa Times, 2008). This Focus attempts to bring to light various aspects of a little-studied issue of critical importance, especially to youth.