Government influence in teen dating abuse
Although there are methodological problems accurately determining prevalence rates, a conservative estimate is that one in three adolescents has experienced physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship (Avery-Leaf, Cascardi, O'Leary, & Cano, 1997).
These rates are higher when verbal abuse is included in the definition.
As part of its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program, which supports Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the Public Health Agency of Canada will be investing more than million over five years, and more than million per year ongoing, to prevent gender-based violence.
This includes investing more than .4 million in the seven projects announced today to support the delivery and testing of programs to prevent teen and youth dating violence in communities across Canada. Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) of Canada: Preventing Teen Dating Violence: Engaging BGC Youth in Building Safe and Healthy Relationships Boys and Girls Clubs are located in vulnerable communities, serving youth who face multiple risk factors for teen dating violence.
Here are some of the school risk factors that your teen may be violent (1): Risk factors for teen violence from the community Not only are there individual, family and school risk factors that your teen may be violent, but the community also offers risk factors.Key risk factors consistently found in the literature to be associated with inflicting dating violence include the following: holding norms accepting or justifying the use of violence in dating relationships (Malik et al., 1997; O'Keefe, 1997); having friends in violent relationships (Arriaga & Foshee, 2004); exposure to violence in one's family and community violence (Foo & Margolin, 1995, O'Keefe, 1997; Schwartz et al., 1997); alcohol and drug use (O'Keeffe et al., 1986; Silverman et al., 2001); and a having a history of aggression (Riggs & O'Leary, 1989, Chase et al., 1998).The one factor that has consistently been associated with being the victim of dating violence, particularly for males, is inflicting dating violence (O'Keefe, 1997).At-risk groups for teen violence Some groups are more likely than others to engage in youth violence.
If you teenager is part of one of these groups, he or she is at a higher risk for committing acts of violence against others, or being a victim of teenage violence (1): Additionally, female teens are more likely, at 12 percent, to be forced into having sexual intercourse, a form of sexual or date violence, than their male counterparts (at six percent) (2).There is considerable controversy regarding whether violence in teen dating relationships involves mutual aggression and indeed several studies report higher rates of inflicting violence for females (Foshee, 1996; Gray & Foshee, 1997; O'Keefe, 1997).