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2010 State Law Report Cards on Teen Dating Violence

added 04/22/2009

A 2010 State-by-State Teen Dating Violence Report Card from Break The Cycle. Includes recommendations for improving state laws and policies to better protect victims, changes in the laws that affect teens experiencing abuse, and a revised scoring system that better assesses the impact of state laws on teens seeking protection orders.

A Development Approach to Working with Teen Victims (pdf)

added 03/17/2010
Mitru Ciarlante, National Center for Victims of Crime

This issue brief discusses the need for service providers to understand adolescent development in order to effectively provide interventions for teen victims of abuse.

A Guide to Addressing Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in a School Setting (pdf)

added 06/11/2008
Peace Over Violence with assistance from the California Women's Law Center for the Crime and Violence Prevention Center, California Attorney General's Office (February 2008)

"This guide details schools' responsibility to take a leadership role to prevent and respond to teen dating and sexual violence in schools and in the community. While the information is specific to California, much can be applied nationally."

An Evaluation of Safe Dates, an Adolescent Dating Violence Prevention Program (pdf)

added 08/24/2007
Vangie Foshee, Karl Bauman, Ximena Arriaga, Russell Helms, Gary Koch, & George Fletcher Linder

This paper presents the results of a program focused on preventing violence among teenage dating partners. Decreased violence was perpetrated against a dating partner for those who participated in the program compared to a control group.

An Exploratory Study of Juvenile Orders of Protection as a Remedy for Dating Violence (pdf)

added 06/10/2013
Andrew Klein, Ph.D. ; Amy Salomon, Ph.D. ; Laura Elwyn, Ph.D. ; Amy Barasch, Esq. ; Jane L. Powers, Ph.D. ; Mary Maley, M.S. ; James A. Gilmer, M.A. ; Matthew Pirchner, M.A. ; Ian Harris, Esq. ; Jennifer Sarah Tiffany, Ph.D. ; Deinera Exner-Cortens

Increasingly, states are expanding their order of protection (OP) laws to allow teens to secure orders for dating violence without parental involvement. The goal of this research was to increase knowledge about this effort and its effectiveness in preventing teen dating violence by using data collected in New York State which expanded its OP laws to cover teens in July of 2008.

Balancing Obligations: Serving Teen Victims and Mandated Reporting of Statutory Rape (pdf)

added 03/17/2010

This issue brief addresses the importance of preserving confidentiality while working with teen victims of abuse, at the same time fulfilling the service provider's legal duties.

Benefits and Costs of Prevention and Early Intervention Programs for Youth

added 12/05/2007
Steve Aos, Roxanne Lieb, Jim Mayfield, Marna Miller, and Annie Pennucci

"This report describes findings and analysis regarding the cost-effectiveness of research-based prevention and early intervention programs for youth with a demonstrated ability to achieve 7 outcomes including reduction in child abuse and domestic violence."

Chinese Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/24/2010

"Chinese translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

Dating Abuse Prevention in Teens of Moms with Domestic Violence Protection Orders (pdf)

added 12/06/2012
Vangie A. Foshee et al.

Children exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk of becoming victims and perpetrators of dating abuse when they become teens. Despite this increased risk and the fact that approximately 15 million children are exposed to domestic violence yearly, there have been no evaluated dating abuse prevention programs conducted specifically with this population. The purposes of the proposed research were to 1) develop an intervention to prevent dating abuse in 12 to 15 year old teens exposed to domestic violence (Aim 1), and 2) conduct a small randomized trial to pilot test the procedures that would be used in a future large randomized efficacy trial of the program (Aim 2).

Emerging Issues Facing Tweens and Teens (pdf)

added 02/04/2011

Emerging issues like sexting, sexual coercion and bullying are creating a serious problem for millions of youth. This is a short fact sheet on some of these emerging problems.

Evaluation for Improvement: A Seven-step Empowerment Evaluation Approach for Violence Prevention Organizations (pdf)

added 03/27/2010

"This manual is designed to help violence prevention organizations hire an empowerment evaluator who will assist them in building their evaluation capacity through a learn-by-doing process of evaluating their own strategies. It is for state and local leaders and staff members of organizations, coalitions, government agencies, and/or partnerships working to prevent sexual violence, intimate partner violence, youth violence, suicide, and/or child maltreatment."

Family Violence Statistics: Including Statistics on Strangers and Acquaintances (pdf)

added 06/14/2005
Bureau of Justice Statistics

This study compares family and nonfamily violence statistics from victimization through the different stages of the justice system. Family violence is defined as all types of violent crime committed by an offender who is related to the victim and includes spouse abuse, parental violence against a child, and violence among other family members. Nonfamily relationships used for comparison include boyfriends and girlfriends, friends and acquaintances, and strangers. Data are drawn from victimization surveys, official police statistics, State and Federal court statistics, and surveys of inmates in State prisons and local jails.

Impact of the Law on Service to Teens (pdf)

added 03/17/2010

This issue brief discusses the challenges that laws at the state and federal level pose, how they can impact the way service providers serve teens and how teens respond to adult interventions. Suggested strategies are given for programs and agencies working to serve teen victims of abuse.

Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens (pdf)

added 01/06/2009
Antoinette Davis, MPP

This Focus Report from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency finds that girls exposed to interpersonal violence are more likely to be exposed to other forms of violence, show a greater propensity for unsafe sexual activity, and a higher incidence of substance abuse and suicide than either boys or non-abused girls. The report also offers recommendations for primary prevention programs.

Korean Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/24/2010

"Korean translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women, 2012 Final Report (pdf)

added 12/17/2012

The focus of this report was on learning more about solutions to protect children from the harmful consequences of experiencing and witnessing violence in the home. Developed and written by some of the leading experts in the field, this report provides recommendations for developing innovative and successful interventions with children and teens who witness or are victimized by domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault.

Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students - United States, 2003

added 06/19/2006

A surveillance report in brief of physical dating violence among high school students and selected characteristics.

Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students --- United States, 2003

added 07/21/2006
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This article in brief addresses the incidence of physical dating violence among high school adolescents and introduces risk as well as protective factors.

Preventing Teen Dating Violence: A Plan for Healthy Youth Relationships in Minnesota

added 06/26/2012
Minnesota Department of Health

This plan is the result of a 25-month grant project in Minnesota, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This report summarizes findings about youth issues and services, based on data collection, policy research, individual interviews, and focus groups. Based on these findings, the plan makes statewide recommendations for preventing teen dating violence and developing healthy youth relationships.

Prevention and Intervention of Teen Dating Violence

added 02/07/2013
National Institute of Justice

Information on 2 intervention strategies, one at the School Level and one Family-Based, that proved effective in reducing the incidence of teen dating violence.

Punjabi Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/23/2010

"Punjabi translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

Report Cards on Teen Dating Violence 2008 (pdf)

added 02/06/2008
Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle issued the first-ever state-by-state report cards evaluating the level of legal protection each state offers young victims of domestic and dating violence. The report was issued in conjunction with National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week, February 4-8, 2008.

Report on Research on Rape and Violence (pdf)

added 05/14/2008
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

"This report is a compendium of research on issues related to rape, sexual assault, and violence. While efforts have been made to include research from as many sources as possible, it is inevitable that other valuable sources of research may contain information no included in this report."

Safety Planning With Teens (pdf)

added 03/17/2010

An issue brief created by Break the Cycle for those working with teens on safety planning issues.

Shifting Boundaries: Final Report on an Experimental Evaluation of a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program in New York City Middle Schools (pdf)

added 02/16/2012
Bruce Taylor, Ph.D., Nan D. Stein, Ed.D., Dan Woods, Ph.D., Elizabeth Mumford, Ph.D.

The purpose of this two‐year experiment was to provide high-quality scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of targeting a young, universal primary prevention audience with classroom‐based curricula and school‐level interventions addressing dating violence and sexual harassment. Overall, the intervention was shown to affect student knowledge and behavioral intentions in a positive manner and as hypothesized (with some exceptions) was effective in reducing dating/peer violence (especially sexual violence) and sexual harassment.

Start Strong: A Summary of Findings on Teen Dating Violence Behaviors and Associated Risk Factors Among 7th-Grade Students (pdf)

added 04/09/2012

This summary reports on the preliminary finding of an evaluation of a teen dating violence prevention program called "Start Strong". Teen dating violence behaviors and associated risk factors have been found to be prevalent among middle school students in this study. At the same time, the study highlights protective factors that can be strengthened to reinforce positive norms and promote healthy relationships. Visit The Start Strong website for more information.

Status of Girls in Illinois (pdf)

added 12/18/2009
Mariame Kaba, Melissa Spatz, Michelle VanNatta

This report addresses a wide spectrum of areas affecting Illinois girls’ lives, including sexuality, violence, incarceration, substance abuse, health, education and physical fitness.
Full report is linked. Executive summary can be found at http://www.steansfamilyfoundation.org/pdf/SOG_Executive_Summar.pdf

Status of Girls in Minnesota

added 05/25/2010
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

"This 2008 report provides detailed information on the status of girls in Minnesota. It also serves as a tool for advocates, researchers, and policy makers in developing a set of interventions that will ensure girls’ economic, social, and political equality in the state. "

Tagalog Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence (pdf)

added 04/24/2010

"Tagalog translation of the Lifetime Spiral of Gender Violence. The spiral implicitly locates a range of abuses in the lives of girls and women, revealing patterns of victimization and perpetration. The Lifetime Spiral is designed to be used by everyone to identify histories of violence in their own lives or in the lives of family and friends."

Technology and Teen Dating Violence (pdf)

added 03/17/2010

This issue brief explains the ways technology can be used as tools of abuse. It offers tips to providers working on safety planning with teens experiencing abuse.

Teen Dating Abuse and Harassment in the Digital World:Implications for Prevention and Intervention (pdf)

added 03/07/2013
Janine Zweig and Meredith Dank

While researchers have been studying dating violence among teens for decades, few studies have focused on the role of technology in abuse and harassment. Urban Institute’s study presents the most comprehensive research to date. They surveyed 5,647 teens— more than any previous analysis—and broadened their study to include both middle and high school students. Understanding how many teens are affected and how they’ve been victimized gives communities a clearer picture of this type of abuse and harassment—and a starting point to address it.

Teen Dating Violence: A Closer Look at Adolescent Romantic Relationships (pdf)

added 03/11/2011
Carrie Mulford, Ph.D., and Peggy C. Giordano, Ph.D.

This article examines what we know and what we don’t know about the perpetrators and victims of teen dating violence. The authors explore key differences between adolescent and adult romantic relationships, including power dynamics, social skill development and peer influence.

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Teen Dating Violence: A Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography (pdf)

added 08/22/2011
Priscilla Offenhauer, Alice Buchalter

This аnnotated bibliography and summary of research identify significant research carried out in the decade since 1999 on the issue of dating violence among high school and middle school youth. The survey provided by the bibliography and summary covers quantitative and qualitative literature on the definition and prevalence of, as well as risk factors for, adolescent dating violence, also called teen relationship abuse.

Teen Dating Violence: A Review of Risk Factors and Prevention Efforts (pdf)

added 12/15/2005
Maura O'Keefe

This article provides a critical review of the dating violence literature with respect to potential risk factors for both perpetrators and victims and examines the empirical research regarding the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs targeting teen dating violence. The document also provides recommendations for future research and potential policy implications.

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Teen Dating Violence: Information and Resources (pdf)

added 12/15/2005

This is an information packet developed by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) as an introduction to the dynamics, prevalence and consequences of teen dating violence. The packet explores issues specific to teen dating violence, examines current provision of support services for teens and presents information about a variety of promising prevention /intervention strategies. The intent of packet contents is to examine some of the key dating violence issues currently facing teens and their advocates.

Telling It Like It Is: Teen Perspectives on Romantic Relationships (pdf)

added 12/06/2009

This brief summarizes findings from focus groups that explored what teens have to say about romantic relationships. In general, the teens displayed an understanding of what a healthy teen relationship should look like, yet at the same time they expressed low expectations about their chances of experiencing that type of relationship themselves. Findings indicate that factors such as relationship violence and few adult role models who displayed healthy relationships contributed to these low expectations.

The Facts On Teen Dating Violence (pdf)

added 03/04/2009

A fact sheet created by Futures Without Violence on the prevalence and consequences of teen dating violence.

The Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit

added 03/26/2010

This toolkit was developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth and domestic violence and sexual assault fields. Includes up to date research and resources as well as evaluation tools for programs providing services to youth.

The Sexual Victimization of College Women

added 01/06/2006
Bonnie S. Fisher, Francis T. Cullen, and Michael G. Turner

This study contributes data to our understanding about the prevalence and nature of violence against women in the United States.

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Trust Betrayed

added 12/18/1997

This booklet, designed by the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health, helps young adults understand the dynamics of healthy relationships; the signs of controlling relationships; the strategies for dealing with dating violence; and the resources available to end the cycle of violence.

Understanding Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet (pdf)

added 02/16/2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Updated fact sheet on teen dating violence (TDV) from the CDC with definitions and why TDV is a public health concern.

Working with Young Men Who Batter: Current Strategies and New Directions

added 01/14/2002
Dean Peacock and Emily Rothman, MS

This article offers an overview of the recent juvenile batterer intervention programs. It identifies risk factors for teen dating violence perpetration as described by the literature and considers the utility of these findings, describes efforts to prevent re-offenses by juvenile perpetrators of domestic violence, discusses several shortcomings inherent in post-crisis intervention, and outlines current challenges within the field.

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