Teen dating violence survey
Of the 35,900 Canadian teens in “dating relationships” involved in the study, 5.8 percent of boys and 4.2 percent of girls had experienced physical dating violence within the past year.
Study author and UBC’s School of Nursing director Elizabeth Saewyc, Ph. tells that the study results can tell us a lot about what society expects of teenage boys and how those expectations might hamper their ability to recognize a bad situation when they see it.
But she emphasizes that, as a society, it’s important not to discriminate when it comes to relationship violence.
Whether it comes from a boy or a girl, no one should have to experience it. “Still one in 20 youth that are dating experience violence,” she says.
Saewyc notes that this trend might have remained hidden for so long because due a confluence of societal ideas about masculinity and some poorly written survey questions.
It’s hard to get boys to talk about things like dating violence — especially if they’re on the receiving end.
Another hidden reason that teenagers don’t tend to report partner violence is that they’ve never been properly taught to recognize it — especially if it’s coming from a girlfriend.“A possible reason it’s still considered socially acceptable for girls — when they get really angry or upset — to lash out physically in ways that we’ve worked really hard as a society to tell boys and young men that they’re not allowed to do so,” Saewyc notes.Three components of Dating Matters are currently available on CDC’s Veto Violence website.CDC also developed technical packages to help states and communities prioritize efforts to prevent or reduce public health problems, including teen dating violence and intimate partner violence.finds Approximately two-thirds of Americans say it is hard to determine whether someone has been a victim of domestic abuse (64%) and want more information about what to do when confronted with domestic violence (65%).
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
No one, regardless of gender, should have to experience violence in a relationship, and these findings tell us a lot about the many awful ways abuse can manifest.