When we receive calls regarding injunctions for dating violence under Florida law, one of the first things we do is determine whether or not the situation presented actually qualifies as “dating” violence.
Whereas the more frequently used term “domestic violence” applies to violence that occurs between family or other household members, “dating violence” is more generally defined as violence between individuals who currently have, or have had in the past, a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.
Dating violence seems to decrease once young adults move beyond being a teenager.
Part of this may be because of the way teenagers see themselves and because of their newness to dating.
In 1995, 7% of all murder victims were young women who were killed by their boyfriends.
“Young people live in social networks that are nested within schools and communities,” Miller, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.
“If we are to shift youth attitudes and behaviors related to teen dating violence, it is vital to work to change the environments in which youth are living.” Dating Matters is unique in that it targets multiple risk and protective factors for teen dating violence, including engaging the important adults in the lives of youth like parents and teachers in prevention efforts, said Katie Edwards of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families, and Schools at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (bit.ly/2WNLxw D), focuses on teaching 11-to-14 year-olds healthy relationship skills before they start dating and on reducing behaviors that increase the risk for dating violence like substance abuse and sexual risk-taking.
Compared to students in schools with just standard prevention, youth at schools that used the comprehensive Dating Matters program were 8.3% less likely to perpetrate teen violence, 9.8% less likely to be victims and 5.5% less likely to use negative conflict resolution strategies, the study found.