Difference between domestic violence dating violence
Of primary concern are aspects of life over which adults have much more control, for example, teens may have little input over their schedules, which schools they attend, how to get to and from school, activities in which to participate, where they work, or where they worship.
Additionally, many teen and adult victims alike experience abuse which intersects with discrimination and institutional biases based on race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and language barriers among others, that make abuse harder to overcome and create additional challenges to receiving desperately needed services.
It is also evident that many service providers and institutions (such as law enforcement, prosecutors and judges) that interact with teens have limited knowledge of complex abuse dynamics in all intimate-partner relationships, as well as limited knowledge in collaborating on ongoing safety strategies with and for teen victims.
Other identified gaps are present in rural programs.
Hundreds of thousands of young people are experiencing dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking every year.
Youth victims of dating violence are more likely to experience depression and anxiety symptoms, engage in unhealthy behaviors like using tobacco, drugs and alcohol, exhibit antisocial behaviors, and think about suicide.
Additionally, research suggests that teen dating violence patterns change rapidly over a short time period as adolescents grow older, thus dating violence services for young people need to be accessible, available, adaptable and safe.
Also of note is research showing consensually non-monogamous partnerships, including open relationships, comprise a proportion of romantic and sexual relationships comparable in size to the LGBT community, therefore service providers must reserve judgment and use reflective listening when assisting teens to mirror youths’ representation of their own relationships.
ACCESS BARRIERS There are real differences between teen and adult victims of intimate partner violence that contribute to or compound barriers teens face when experiencing dating abuse.