Despite the high rate of abuse, Break the Cycle and other advocacy groups say too many states do not treat dating violence with appropriate seriousness.
“Some states feel that if have they good child abuse laws, minors are protected,” Gilberg said in a telephone interview.
Twenty-one percent of college students have experienced dating violence at the hands of a current dating partner, while 32% report having experienced violence by a previous partner.
Failure was automatic for states where protective orders are unavailable for minors, or where dating relationships are not explicitly recognized as valid for obtaining such orders.
“It is essential that dating violence and the needs of minor victims be specifically addressed within state domestic violence statutes,” said Marjorie Gilberg, executive director of Break the Cycle. to propose legislation that will ensure the protection of all victims of domestic violence — regardless of their age.” National surveys have estimated that one in three youths experiences dating abuse at some point during their teens — incidents ranging from a slap on the cheek to homicide.
It is characterized by ongoing abusive, aggressive, and controlling behavior and affects individuals regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
Dating violence describes many behaviors including any form of physical, emotional, psychological, or sexual abuse.
Only a handful of states have responded to teen dating violence with laws enabling the youthful victims to obtain protection orders on equal terms with adults, an advocacy group says in a new national survey.
The report on state laws by Break the Cycle, a teen-violence prevention organization that has worked with the Justice Department, gave A grades to only five states. Grades were based on various comparisons between the legal treatment of adult victims of domestic violence and teen victims of dating violence.
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These things occur in a pattern, and may build in frequency and intensity over time.
It is important to know that physical violence is never acceptable from another person, under any circumstances.
While many partners do not abuse or attempt to emotionally control their partners, it’s important to know the signs.