Difference between domestic violence dating violence
Among adult victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, 22% of women and 15% of men first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Division of Violence Prevention).
Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
It is also evident that many service providers and institutions (such as law enforcement, prosecutors and judges) that interact with teens have limited knowledge of complex abuse dynamics in all intimate-partner relationships, as well as limited knowledge in collaborating on ongoing safety strategies with and for teen victims.
Other identified gaps are present in rural programs.
These are important gaps which could benefit from additional resource development and technical assistance.
It is important to note the language used by teens when talking about their romantic or intimate relationships may be unfamiliar to adults, including parents and service providers.
Hundreds of thousands of young people are experiencing dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking every year.
Rural programs report that transportation, parental consent, and the lack of teen-specific services often prevent youth from engaging services.
Furthermore, local programs (not only those located in rural communities) are highly interested in developing and implementing peer advocacy models.
Of primary concern are aspects of life over which adults have much more control, for example, teens may have little input over their schedules, which schools they attend, how to get to and from school, activities in which to participate, where they work, or where they worship.
Additionally, many teen and adult victims alike experience abuse which intersects with discrimination and institutional biases based on race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and language barriers among others, that make abuse harder to overcome and create additional challenges to receiving desperately needed services.
Also of note is research showing consensually non-monogamous partnerships, including open relationships, comprise a proportion of romantic and sexual relationships comparable in size to the LGBT community, therefore service providers must reserve judgment and use reflective listening when assisting teens to mirror youths’ representation of their own relationships.