Adolescent dating violence definition

In most cases of TDV, violence is used to get another to do what he/she wants, to gain power and control, to cause humiliation and to promote fear, and to retaliate against a partner (Foshee & Langwick, 2010).

It can include emotional, verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse.

Approximately 50 percent of adolescents reported victimization from controlling behaviors by a dating partner.59 Few studies have specifically examined adolescent dating violence in those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; however, data suggest that these adolescents experience the same rates of dating violence as their heterosexual peers.6Unfortunately, many adolescents in abusive relationships do not seek help.

In one study, only 44 percent of female and 32 percent of male adolescent victims, and 17 percent of female and 33 percent of male adolescent perpetrators sought help.9 When adolescents did seek help, whether perpetrators or victims, they most often disclosed the abuse to peers, with only one third confiding in parents.59 Data show that parents and physicians are not inquiring about this issue as they do about other behaviors, such as sexual activity and drug use.

TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.

Like intimate partner violence among adults, TDV occurs without respect to age, race, religion, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation.

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