Call 866-356-998 or go to the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance for more details.
Too often, our headlines feature news stories about tragic endings to abusive dating relationships, like that of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student who was murdered in 2010 by her former boyfriend.
Go to Preventing Abuse & Promoting Healthy Relationships to find valuable resources for teachers, faith leaders, youth workers, counselors, coaches and parents on how to prevent dating abuse and promote healthy dating relationships.
All types of abuse are serious and no one deserves to experience it.
The literature on IPV among adolescents indicates that the rates are similar for the number of girls and boys in heterosexual relationships who report experiencing IPV, or that girls in heterosexual relationships are more likely than their male counterparts to report perpetrating IPV. stated that, unlike domestic violence in general, equal rates of IPV perpetration is a unique characteristic with regard adolescent dating violence, and that this is "perhaps because the period of adolescence, a special developmental state, is accompanied by sexual characteristics that are distinctly different from the characteristics of adult." Wekerle and Wolfe theorized that "a mutually coercive and violent dynamic may form during adolescence, a time when males and females are more equal on a physical level" and that this "physical equality allows girls to assert more power through physical violence than is possible for an adult female attacked by a fully physically mature man." Regarding studies that indicate that girls are as likely or more likely than boys to commit IPV, the authors emphasize that substantial differences exist between the genders, including that girls are significantly more likely than boys to report having experienced severe IPV, such as being threatened with a weapon, punched, strangled, beaten, burned, or raped, and are also substantially more likely than boys to need psychological help or experience physical injuries that require medical help for the abuse, and to report sexual violence as a part of dating violence.
They are also more likely to take IPV more seriously.
Developed for school administrators, community faith leaders, counselors, parents and others to use in a variety of school, faith and community settings, this guide includes practical activities and information on locating online resources — and other materials — that promote healthy teen dating relationships and prevent teen dating abuse.
Of the respondents who participated in the assessment: In July 2013, the first Virginia telephone helpline was launched for LGBTQ Virginians to report and seek assistance with partner abuse and sexual violence.
The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know.
We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. It helped to just not to be afraid to talk about it, to make you feel like you’re not crazy — because you can get to a point where that’s exactly how you feel.
Abusive dating relationships often begin just like healthy, loving ones.
LGBTQ teens and young adults may also become involved with an abusive partner.
No one has the right to interfere with someone’s right to say no.