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Girls are more likely to report committing less serious forms of IPV, including as a means of self-defense, whereas boys are more likely to report committing more severe acts of IPV, including threats, physical violence and controlling a partner.
Other research indicates that boys who have been abused in childhood by a family member are more prone to IPV perpetration, while girls who have been abused in childhood by a family member are prone to lack empathy and self-efficacy; but the risks for the likelihood of IPV perpetration and victimization among adolescents vary and are not well understood.
There is a common misconception that aggression is stable over time.
"Digital abuse" was among the topics that students, including this one, discussed Thursday with YWCA North Central Indiana specialist Ashley Kramer in a health and wellness class at South Bend's Washington High School.
However, LGBTQ youth are even less likely than heterosexual youth to tell anyone or seek help, and there are fewer resources for these teens.
FACT: There are many reasons youth may stay in abusive relationship: fear, wanting to be loved and needed, having a partner may be important to a youth’s social status, believing the abuser’s apologies and promises to never do it again, peer pressure, loss of self-confidence, not recognizing what’s happening is abusive, and the impact of TV, music, movies and other forms of media that normalize violence.
FACT: Teen dating violence is as common as domestic violence in adult relationships.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) has been a well examined and documented phenomenon in adults; however, there has not been nearly as much study on violence in adolescent dating relationships, and it is therefore not as well understood.
After the hearing was concluded, I asked the young lady if she had been involved in the child protection system.
She said that she had, and that my work as a prosecutor had resulted in both her, and her younger brother being removed from their home, and their biological family.
She had come to court requesting her protection order be dismissed.
This is not unusual, but in the midst of the hearing, I realized I recognized the young woman.