These youth are at higher risk for being victimized and are experiencing the same types of violence as those in opposite-sex relationships, but are the least likely to tell anyone or seek help. Along with the same reasons why people don’t leave heterosexual relationships, LGBTQ youth also have to worry about the threat and fear of being outed by their partner.
Knowing this, interventions tailored specifically to the LGBTQ community should be developed.
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.
Teen dating violence is a major public health concern, with about 1 in 10 teens experiencing physical violence or sexual coercion, and even higher rates of psychological abuse.
A national survey found that ten percent of teens, female and male, had been the victims of physical dating violence within the past year and can increase the risk of physical injury, poor academic performance, binge drinking, suicide attempts, unhealthy sexual behaviors, substance abuse, negative body image and self-esteem, and violence in future relationships.Oftentimes, these symptoms are indicative of increased levels of depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress.Myth: Teen dating violence only occurs between boys and girls. In fact, LGBTQ youth may be more likely to experience dating violence compared to heterosexual youth.There are several promising school-based programs available, influencing attitudes, reducing bullying, and reducing teen dating violence.By educating our youth, we can empower them to be their own advocates, encouraging each other to seek help and stop the cycle of abuse. in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and M. in forensic psychology from Roger Williams University.
Teen dating violence can be prevented, especially when there is a focus on reducing risk factors as well as fostering protective factors, and when teens are empowered through family, friends, and others (including role models such as teachers, coaches, mentors, and youth group leaders) to lead healthy lives and establish healthy relationships.