Myths about dating violence

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The Urban Institute’s study also showed that LGB youth were much more likely than their heterosexual peers to be perpetrators of dating violence.

While the Urban Institute’s report did not provide much of a discussion of either the causes or effects of LGBTQ teen dating violence, there may be similarities to certain findings among non-LGBTQ youth.

If you are a teen who wants to know if your relationship is healthy or if there may be some warning signs that could lead to TDV, Love Is has LGBTQ-inclusive information and an interactive quiz.

The definition of domestic violence is physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse inflicted by an intimate partner or family member and crosses all class, racial, and educational lines.

Moreover, these myths further marginalize LGBTQ survivors’ who may already be more reluctant to report their abuse or access counseling and other resources because they fear being discriminated against or outed as LGBTQ. Fact: More than 1 in 10 young adults experience physical violence in their dating relationships.Myth: Jealousy and possessiveness are a sign of true love.Victims of domestic violence suffer devastating effects including physical pain, loss of self-esteem, forced dependency, anxiety, terror, and depression.In addition to creating an atmosphere of fear at home, the stress and tension of living with violence extends beyond the home.

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