“The Structure of Male Adolescent Peer Networks and Risk for Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration: Findings from a National Sample” (abstract), Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 39 No. 6, June, 2010.
“When me and my boyfriend get into arguments he pushes me away and won’t look at me when I did nothing wrong,” writes Lexi, a 17-year-old in Providence.
Last year’s reauthorization of the federal law that provides funding for domestic violence shelters and programs strengthens the focus on their efforts to prevent and address teen dating violence. The reauthorized Family Violence Prevention and Services Act’s primary purposes include preventing dating violence and domestic violence as well as providing shelter and a supportive services for victims of abuse. The reauthorization also strengthens the law’s role in responding to children and youth exposed to violence at home.
Dating violence is a widespread problem among youth: According to findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, one in three teens has experienced physical, verbal or emotional abuse in a romantic relationship. Here are five ways to mark National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month:
What can youth workers--and the young people they work with--do about dating violence? Two NCFY podcasts give a youth perspective on the answer to that question.
Two years ago, NCFY spoke with a young woman who survived acquaintance rape at age 17. She gives advice about how to get help after sexual assault or rape and talks about what others can do to support victims. Listen to "A Long Road to Healing."