Screening for Teen Dating Violence

Stepping in for a teen at the early stages of dating when there is perceived unhealthy or violent behavior can prevent re-victimization and equip teens with the knowledge of what a healthy relationship is and is not. For adolescents at this pivotal age, health care professionals can be an important player in the recognition and treatment of abuse. In this post, we will explore the screening of teen dating violence for health care professionals as it is outlined in our Intimate Partner Violence textbook.Read More »

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‘One Love’ to Stop Dating Violence

Adolescents and young adults are at an especially high risk for dating violence, and this topic is very important to us.  We have published multiple articles on the topic, and many of our prevention and treatment textbooks such as Violence Against Women and Intimate Partner Violence contain chapters on Adolescent Dating Violence.  Our spotlight today is on One Love, a movement advocating for widespread awareness of the early signs of dating violence.Read More »

“Branding” Victims – Forced Tattooing and Domestic Abuse

As we advocate in our guides to Intimate Partner Violence, one of the most crucial things to remember about domestic violence and child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is that control is a huge factor, and often the perpetrators of abuse will go to great lengths to maintain control over their victims.  One lesser known way that some perpetrators do this is by “branding” their victims, or forcing them to get tattoos or body modifications, usually of the perpetrator’s name, that are meant to symbolize their “ownership” of the victim.Read More »

The Date Safe Project Aims to Educate About Consent and Respect

Around 2/3 of Americans are unaware of what constitutes sexual consent, and we’ve written before about the importance of keeping people informed.  The Date Safe Project aims to do just that.  Created after founder Mike Domitrz found out that his sister had been sexually assaulted, the project attempts to teach individuals and institutions about respectful dating practices and active consent.Read More »

‘That’s Not Cool’ Campaign to Educate Teens about Dating Violence

Teens are at a high risk for dating violence, and often, especially with rapid changes in technology in today’s society, it can be complicated to know what is and is not appropriate within the bounds of a relationship.  With social media and texting being such a big part of a teenager’s life, whole new ethical issues arise in young relationships.  Is it a kind of abuse to share private photos or conversations saved online?  Is it a sign of an abusive power dynamic if a partner demands your Facebook password?Read More »

Sexual Consent Education in Schools

We have written before about the importance of understanding what does and does not constitute consent.  Not only does misunderstanding about sexual consent make instances of sexual assault more likely to occur, but it actually heightens the psychological effects of sexual assault by creating a feeling of isolation for the victim.  When a victim is assaulted and does not understand that what has occurred qualifies as assault, they endure the same damaging psychological effects of the assault without the validation that they have a right to feel that way or the motivation to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.Read More »

Patriarchal Values and the Domestic Abuse Victim

An outsider’s perspective on domestic violence is very simple.  When someone is hurting you, logic states that the solution is to leave them.  That seems so much easier than it actually is.  In reality there are countless obstacles, some psychological and some social, that prevent a domestic abuse victim from escaping his or her situation.  In the case of abused women in heterosexual relationships, a significant factor is societal gender expectations.

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Fitness Blogger’s Powerful Escape from Domestic Violence

In many ways, Emma Murphy epitomizes strength.  As a fitness blogger followed by thousands, she is always bright-eyed and inspirational as far as one could tell by her online presence.  The usually composed and confident mother of two exposed her vulnerable side and reached thousands yesterday with her tearful confession that she has been in an abusive relationship for over three years, and her brave announcement that she was now walking away.Read More »