Teen Dating Violence Essay

2791 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 12 Pages
What is Teen Dating Violence?
Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is described as the physical, emotional, or sexual abuse that occurs within a relationship while dating. TDV can occur in person, or electronically by a current or former partner (CDC, 2014). Many adolescents and adults are unaware of the prevalence of TDV but a recent national study revealed that nearly 10% of adolescents have reported being hit, slapped, or intentionally physically hurt by someone they had claimed to be dating (CDC, 2014). About 20% of adult women who reported experiencing some form of intimate partner violence (IPV) also reported experiencing TDV between the ages of 11-17 (CDC, 2014). Also, black students experience TDV (14%) at a significantly higher rate than
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Intimate partner violence is also a preventable public health issues in which one partners uses abuse to obtain or maintain power and intimidation over the other partner in the relationship. Forms of IPV can be physical, emotional, sexual, or mental and intimacy is not required to classify IPV (CDC,2013). Research findings suggest that 26.4 percent have experienced a form of IPV (CDC, 2013). Women who are victims of IPV are more likely to abuse alcohol, be depressed, or abuse drugs. The health consequences associated with IPV victims are chronic pain, reproductive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, and depression (CDC, 2013). It is noteworthy to observe that the prevalence of IPV is roughly three times the prevalence of TDV.
While the prevalence of IPV against women is considerable nationwide, research studies have revealed that the prevalence of IPV in Louisiana even worse. In 2005, Louisiana had the second highest rate of domestic violent female homicides in the nation. Louisiana’s prevalence of domestic violence homicide was 2.53 per 100,000. The national average is at 1.30 per 100,00. Louisiana’s average is nearly double the national average. Moreover, 70% of the female victims were Black (NCADV,n.d). These statistics place an urgency on an intervention program that focuses on minority teens and the prevention of TDV, and ultimately IPV.

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