Teen Dating Violence

Dating violence is defined by the United States Department of Justice as: “the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.” This also includes dating between same sex couples, although most statistics have been gathered from heterosexual couples. Statistics show that one in three teenagers have experienced violence in a dating relationship. In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through some kind of abuse. Dating violence crosses all economic, racial and social lines; most victims are young women who are also at higher risk for serious injury. 

Young women need a dating safety plan, even lesbians.. Teen dating violence often is hidden because teenagers typically:
–Are inexperienced with dating relationships.
–Want independence from parents.
–Have romanticized views of love.
–Are pressured by peers to have dating relationships.

Teen dating violence is influenced by how teenagers look at themselves and others. Young men may believe:
–They have the right to “control” their female partners in any way necessary.
–“Masculinity” is physical aggressiveness.
–They “possess” their partner.
–They should and can demand intimacy.
–They may lose respect in their male peer groups if they are attentive and supportive toward their girlfriends.

Young women may believe:
–They are responsible for solving problems in their relationships.
–Their boyfriend’s jealousy, possessiveness and even physical abuse, is “romantic.”
–Abuse is “normal” because their friends are also being abused.
–They think they can “cure” the abusive boyfriend.
–There is no one to ask for help.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/13801-teen-dating-violence/#ixzz18ZlhqlfW

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About thefaytheproject

The Faythe Project is an arts for social change initiative that uses literary, performing, visual and media arts to educate young people about establishing and maintaining healthy early dating relationships and equipping them with the skills to identify and exit unhealthy ones. The Faythe Project was founded specifically to fill the demand for school appropriate educational materials that equip and empower young people to identify unhealthy dating relationships and establish healthy ones. We exist to support prevention organizations’ outreach efforts with materials that go beyond the assembly and special presentations that provide real life first hand stories. These are a vital aspect of Dating Violence Prevention but cannot change the tide alone. Unfortunately, assemblies and special presentations are too soon forgotten. Our materials explore the topic of dating violence as part of everyday learning—the play for Drama class, the short story for English class, the lesson on statistics for Math. Our materials keep the dialogue going after the prevention organization as introduced the topic.
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