The goal of the abuser is to establish power over, and control of, the other person.Dating abuse crosses all age groups, races, cultures, religions, educational and employment backgrounds.Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been a well examined and documented phenomenon in adults; however, there has not been nearly as much study on violence in adolescent dating relationships, and it is therefore not as well understood.The research has mainly focused on Caucasian youth, and there are yet no studies which focus specifically on IPV in adolescent same-sex romantic relationships.It can be tough to talk about dating abuse—especially if you’re trying to reach teens themselves.Here at FUTURES, we have a number of programs that strive to prevent teen dating violence early.That’s Not Cool is one of them—it’s an innovative initiative that seeks to raise awareness about the issue, and get teens involved with spreading the word.February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, which serves as the perfect platform for facilitating open and honest conversations about the topic.
This is also an important topic from a gender studies perspective as almost 32% of male adolescents engage in some form of violence, whether sexual, physical or emotional, towards their partners while adolescent violence from females is nearly half of that rate.
The limited data available on LGBTQ teen dating violence, however, is cause for concern.
showed significantly higher rates of dating violence among LGB youth than among non-LGB youth.
Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling.
These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship.