This special collection emphasizes collaborative and multi-level approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence (TDV).
It draws on the work of many organizations and organizes the resources on TDV prevention and responses by different populations.
The first section of this special collection provides general information about teen dating violence.
The final section presents documents on TDV-related laws and legislation.
The special collection concludes with examples of national programs that address TDV and a list of national and statewide organizations and programs.
While most materials in this collection focus on TDV prevention and response to young people in high schools, we acknowledge that TDV prevention also includes outreach to younger teens in middle schools and older college students, as well as youth who are not represented in our system of education (runaways, homeless youth, etc.).
This special collection will be updated regularly, and new documents will be added as they become available.
TDV occurs in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and digital, and the experience of TDV may have both immediate and long term effects on young people.
The documents included in this section highlight the widespread problem of TDV, the different types of dating abuse, and their impacts on young people.
These documents draw from various studies that use different measures. More than 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (CDC, 2011).
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Broadly defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.
Although the dynamics of TDV are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of TDV as well as the challenges in seeking and providing services make the problem of TDV unique.