Parents and dating violence

Building off a long history of research in the area of intimate partner violence, NIJ is now looking to relationships during adolescence to understand the factors that put individuals at risk for involvement in abusive romantic relationships as adults.This effort began with a series of workshops in 20 that culminated in the development and coordination of a federal interagency workgroup. NIJ has also funded research examining the nature, characteristics and extent of dating violence; risk and protective factors; long-term and short-term outcomes; and systematic evaluations of teen dating violence prevention and intervention programs, policies and legislation.Figure 2 provides a similar graph for men who reported experiencing intimate partner violence in their lifetime.The survey indicated that, of those men, more than half had their first experience prior to age 24.The survey collects data on past-year experiences of violence as well as lifetime experiences of violence.The survey is also supported by the National Institute of Justice and the Department of Defense.

Teens suffering from dating abuse generally suffer academically, emotionally, and socially.In the wake of the romance of Valentine’s Day, it seems a bit contrary to bring up a topic like dating violence.But February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to discuss this serious situation that’s affecting way more adolescents and young people than we think.And let’s not forget that these stats are probably under-estimated due to the fact that so much of this kind of abuse goes unreported.Indeed, one report estimates that only a third of teens in an abusive relationship ever tell anyone about it.

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