Dating violence is defined as a systematic pattern of domination where one partner uses abusive tactics to maintain power and control over the other partner and where these tactics escalate over time and where the victim alters her behaviour in an attempt to stop the abuse.(Battered Women’s Support Services 1993) Basically meaning your partner is trying to control you and using different abusive tactics to maintain that control. Youth between the ages of 15 and 24, in Canada, have the highest risk of dating violence.But then there are the less obvious methods of physical violence like pushing you against a locker in the hallway, grabbing your arm so you can’t leave, using their body to physically block an exit, and smacking your butt without consent.
Nancy La Vigne, Director of the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, for their careful review of project findings.The opinions, findings, and conclusions and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice, or of the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.Elements of this paper were reported to the National Institute of Justice in the form of a final technical report as per grant obligations.Media attention and the literature on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth overwhelmingly focus on violence involving hate crimes and bullying, while ignoring the fact that vulnerable youth also may be at increased risk of violence in their dating relationships.In this study, we examine physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber dating violence experiences among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth—as compared to those of heterosexual youth, and we explore variations in the likelihood of help-seeking behavior and the presence of particular risk factors among both types of dating violence victims.
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For example, saying “if you loved me you would have sex with me” is a manipulative way to pressure someone into sex.