Teen Dating Violence
Teen Dating Violence, Dating Violence and (Teen) Dating Abuse are fabricated terms, used by American charities (such as Break the Cycle), NGOs and mainstream media to insinuate that intimate teen-teen relationships are inherently pathological. Proponents seek the passing of finely-tuned laws to deal with this alleged problem. Such laws would justify the existence and funding of NGOs and further policing of teenage relationships in America. The term only entered popular use in 2008.
According to statistics from the Bureau of Justice, adolescents under 16 are at less risk for intimate partner violence than adults between 20 and 49. Teenagers between 16 and 19 are at less risk than adults between 20 and 24. Intimate partner victimization among teenagers has declined markedly since it was first measured in 1993.
- Bureau of Justice (2000). Intimate Partner Violence.
- Bureau of Justice (2007). Intimate Partner Violence in the U.S.: Victim Characteristics.