Dating violence among youth
“A lot of our interventions assume that the girl is always the victim, but these findings tell us that it isn’t always so,” notes Saewyc.
“And relationship violence, be it physical, sexual or other forms, and regardless who the perpetrator is, is never OK.
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CDC also developed a technical package, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Across the Lifespan: A Technical Package of Programs, Policies, and Practices that describes strategies and approaches that are based on the best available evidence for preventing intimate partner violence (IPV), including TDV.
This is the first North American study to compare statistics for boys and girls and the first Canadian study to consider teen dating violence over the course of a decade.However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends.Violence in an adolescent relationship sets the stage for problems in future relationships, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration and/or victimization throughout life.“It could be that it’s still socially acceptable for girls to hit or slap boys in dating relationships,” says lead author Catherine Shaffer, a Ph D student with SFU, in a release.“This has been found in studies of adolescents in other countries as well.” Researchers looked at data collected from three British Columbia Adolescent Health Surveys conducted over a 10-year timespan.